International Women’s Day: Talk to Scientists, BRIN Presents Three Expert Women

The commemoration of International Women’s Day which falls on 8 March is an important moment which recognizes the achievements of women regardless of origin, ethnicity, language, culture and even economy and politics. The role of women today has been widely felt, especially in the fields of science and technology. Many women have made international achievements in the field of research and innovation on a par with men.

Jakarta, 07 March 2022. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) commemorates the International Women’s Day (IWD) which falls on 8 March 2022 by holding a webinar titled Talk to Scientists (TTS), presenting as the resource persons female researchers who have made many achievements and received international awards. Through this TTS, the resource persons will share their experiences and challenges in their respective research worlds and give motivation to all researchers, especially female researchers.

BRIN Acting Chief Secretary, Nur Tri Aries Suestiningtyas said, International Women’s Day is celebrated to highlight women and their rights. “The main purpose of this commemoration is to have a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The International Women’s Day has now become a monument in celebrating how far women have played a major role in society and even a more essential role for global progress, one of which is in the fields of science and technology,” said Nur.

According to her, science and gender are both currently considered important in building civilization. Science is the foundation of innovation for the progress of a nation, while women support the availability of quality human resources. Both are intertwined.

In fact, Nur continued, UNESCO has released data that women’s participation in the field of science is still low, less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide. “Therefore, through the commemoration of Women’s Day and other research opportunities, the United Nations puts hope and a message to the world that women need to improve their role in the advancement of science and innovation,” she continued.

However, gradually women are getting bolder in taking a role in the world of science and technology, especially in the fields of research and innovation. This proves that now women, especially those who work as researchers, are able to show the identity that Raden Ajeng Kartini upheld that can have a great influence when they enter the public sphere.

UNESCO, together with L’oreal are examples of how institutions can provide space for women to enter the world of research and show that the potential of women researchers is equal to that of men.

“Seeing this phenomenon, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) will promote the achievements of female researchers who have received UNESCO-L’oreal award as a form of pride for the success of these BRIN heroines in aligning themselves with world-class researchers,” she concluded.