All to­gether

Ayu Heni Rosan talks to Edith Emer­alda about Ci­tra Kar­tini In­done­sia and its work with women for women and for the en­vi­ron­ment— all for a bet­ter In­done­sia

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Ten women in Ci­tra Kar­tini In­done­sia unite through di­ver­sity for the coun­try

CHAT­TER­ING AND COLOURS buzz in the cool air one sunny af­ter­noon as 10 ladies from Ci­tra Kar­tini In­done­sia foun­da­tion (CIRI) gather in their finest tra­di­tional at­tire from dif­fer­ent prov­inces in In­done­sia. Aceh’s cos­tume, for ex­am­ple, lends a more mas­cu­line air by ac­ces­soris­ing red baju ku­rung and cekak mu­sang pants with gold em­broi­dered sarong; mean­while, Bali’s cos­tume breathes trop­i­cal breezes by pair­ing black flo­ral-pat­terned ka­men cloth and a red ke­baya top tied with a big bow.

CIRI aims to em­power women and to act on cli­mate change as framed in the United Na­tions’ 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals to be achieved by 2030. Led by Ayu Heni Rosan, the mem­bers are Mi­ranti Serad, Darariza Wahid, San­thi Serad, Diah Per­matasari, Sheilla Er­langga, Mika Hadi, Hana Fadel, Ang­gia Ben­jamin and Ferra Fe­bri­anti.

“Thanks to Kar­tini, In­done­sian women now en­joy equal op­por­tu­nity to freely work, to freely pur­sue knowl­edge, and to be them­selves,” Ayu says. “CIRI now con­tin­ues her spirit and work for the bet­ter­ment of women and a health­ier en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ever since its es­tab­lish­ment in early 2017, CIRI has been guided by Dr Nur­mala Kar­tini Sjahrir, ad­vi­sor for cli­mate change to the Co­or­di­nat­ing Min­is­ter for Mar­itime and Re­sources, and Rach­mat Wi­toe­lar, the Pres­i­dent’s Spe­cial En­voy for Cli­mate Change, to achieve its cli­mate change agenda.

“We are work­ing to­gether on many green agen­das such as man­grove tree plant­ing, which hap­pened on May 15 at Un­tung Jawa Is­land,” says Ayu. “Man­grove is also used to cre­ate nat­u­ral dyes for lo­cal craftswomen to work and help sup­port their fam­i­lies.”

Fur­ther­more, to help women who own small-to-medium en­ter­prises (SMES), CIRI looks to Tri­awan Mu­naf, Head of In­done­sia’s Cre­ative Econ­omy Coun­cil; Tri Mumpuni from In­sti­tut Bis­nis dan Ekonomi Ker­aky­atan, an in­sti­tute that pro­vides eco­nomic aid and re­new­able en­ergy tech­nol­ogy to ru­ral vil­lages; and Putri Kusuma War­dani.

“CIRI has also held cod­ing classes for women in or­der to help pro­mote their busi­nesses by cre­at­ing and run­ning on­line stores and web­sites,” says Ayu. “They, in turn, can then teach oth­ers around them.”

With the shops ready, CIRI’S batik pro­gramme to pre­serve and pro­mote tra­di­tional In­done­sian cloth will then work in tan­dem. “We are do­ing end-to-end train­ing with lo­cal craftswomen to re­vi­talise the in­dus­try and to sup­port their eco­nomic

in­de­pen­dence,” Ayu says. CIRI also spreads aware­ness through events such as the Women Expo bazaar in 2016, and this year’s Kar­tini day to­gether with In­done­sian Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try’s 50th an­niver­sary cen­tered on women’s har­mony in di­ver­sity.

Last year’s high-tea event at­tended by the spouses of 14 am­bas­sadors to In­done­sia was also a suc­cess with a show­case of dif­fer­ent ex­am­ples of Kudus-style batik and a batik draw­ing les­son. The same mul­ti­cul­tural au­di­ence also at­tended an­other CIRI event—this time, a cook­ing demon­stra­tion by chefs Mika and San­thi at the cen­tre. “We also want to in­tro­duce In­done­sia’s rich culi­nary her­itage to other coun­tries be­sides im­prov­ing the food prod­ucts made by lo­cal SMES,” Ayu says.

In the end, CIRI’S ad­viser, Dr Sjahrir, puts it best as to how women and cli­mate change are re­lated. “Both women and na­ture are marginalised: there’s a ten­dency to de­stroy and to be vi­o­lent to both be­cause they are al­ways an ob­ject and never a sub­ject in our so­ci­ety,” she says. Although still a young or­gan­i­sa­tion, with the sup­port of oth­ers and the guid­ance of its men­tors, the women in CIRI to­gether strive to achieve a bet­ter fu­ture for women on a greener Earth.

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