Women, especially in rural areas, did not fully realize the potential within him pick the more than housewives. Not a few women who still need to be reminded, that he is a productive person. Women's proven capable of running a variety of responsibilities, not just for himself, but also for families.
Recognizing the potential and change the mindset to become more educated women become the main target of social organization, Friends of Women.Sampoerna Foundation's overarching Companions for Women which was established since 2009 and this.
Its mission, to educate women more empowered, upon himself, his family, changing the mindset one step further, also empowered and financially independent. Hence this organization promotes training for training, and rural economic development programs, focusing on women. Equality can be realized when women also have the same opportunity to become economically independent, and gain access to knowledge and skills.
Close to You
Talk about women in rural areas, no need to imagine a village taken by dozens of hours across the island. Not far from the hustle and bustle of the city. With just a few hours drive from central business district, you can find the countryside, with women who need help getting access to develop themselves.
Village Rancamalang, Kadusirung, London is just 30 minutes drive from the station Serpong or Ivory housing and business centers in Tangerang, Banten. If you drive from the center of business and lifestyle on Jalan Sudirman, Jakarta, you can reach the village is 1-2 hours.
Friends of Women chose this village as one of the proxies. Vacant land area of approximately 800 rental meterpersegi become more productive through women's empowerment programs at Friends of Women's Community Learning Center (CLC). A simple house into the home with women who want to move forward to develop themselves and improve the family economy. The house has a spacious courtyard Saung, a housewife receive training in various skills of economic value.
"The plan, in the remaining vacant land will be developed in mushroom cultivation, medicinal plants families, goats and catfish. Training will be provided to women in this village to develop a program. In addition to recycling skills that already runs three meetings. The women in this village will be able to choose which activities they are interested in, "said Tengku Havid Ridwansyah, Membership Manager of Friends of Women when found in the CLC Rancamalang Female Compass, Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday (12/14/2011).
Havid said, CLC focus on providing training to change the mindset, increasing insight, and improve the family economy, targeting women aged 18-55 years.
So far, the CLC has been held three times a skills training to make crafts from recycled plastic and waste cloth or rag. One-time training takes 2-3 hours, involving 20-30 participants.
Whatever good you want to to those in need, will not affect most if not the emergence of consciousness and a shift in perspective. Change mindset to be a challenge for the Friends of Women to be able to apply a variety of useful programs.
"Each region chose different needs. In Tangerang, more women farmers or grocery shop owner, while the men worked as laborers and farmers. They also have vacant land that they can use to make money by farming. However, the results they get no how, "said Havid.
Changes in mindset is the key to helpless women were able to get more leverage.Women must be more creative and have the innovation, its main focus is now changing the mindset of a person to more advanced, more Havid.
Development of micro-economics into the way if you want women helpless. In the village Rancamalang, women comfortable with trading kiosks, according to ability and needs. They also became interested in creating accessory products using techniques of plastic and recycled rag. Therefore, Friends of Women focus on these areas of interest.
"We have four CLC Friends of Women in Tangerang, Jember, Jombang, Pemekasan. There will be an additional three CLC again in 2012," said Havid told Compass Female.
You can also take part to share and be a friend to women. If the sense of caring from within you is so strong, and keep you motivated to share, Friends of Women's open to it.
"Friends of Women is open to any contribution for any added value to the women in the village. Can be a skill you want to share and in accordance with needs. It could also help the village women to market their handicraft products such as recycling," said Havid.