How we see things. Today (April 21st) marks the day of Kartini in Indonesia. She’s like the Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan for Indonesia back in the late 19th century, if you ever forgot how meritorious she was. Many strong women had fought for the country yet she was the one that earned the big name. Why it has to be her? If someone ever asked me why, perhaps I need to read back all the history books or re-read “Habis Gelap, Terbitlah Terang” all over again to remember exactly why. Long story short, she’s like the symbol of women emancipation in Indonesia. She fought so that the Indonesian women have the equal chance to earn equal education as men. So the answer is as simple as she is the reason why I am now, and perhaps many Indonesian women, standing here pursuing my education abroad. If she never existed, we might also have women emancipation. But maybe, just maybe, I will be here, and other women, years later, not now.
In other words, she was fast-forwarding Indonesian women’s chance for equal education. Bottom line is education, the beginning of women emancipation. These days, we might be more familiar with the words of women empowerment. It comes with a broader meaning with a broader intention. Regardless of how do we interpret that words, education is still the foundation. At least, remember this,
“Entah akan berkarir atau menjadi seorang ibu rumah tangga, seorang wanita wajib berpendidikan tinggi karena Ia akan menjadi Ibu. Ibu-ibu cerdas akan menghasilkan anak-anak cerdas.” – Dian Sastrowardoyo
The mind is a thought from many places. While women emancipation or women empowerment or whatever you named it might sound so gigantic like it will rule the world, remember that one cannot live without another. This ain’t a competition. This is a way for women to be qualified to see the world as men does. Because education and experiences will shape the way you see the world. And it will be a happier world when we applied what the old saying has said,
“Ing Ngarso Sung Tulodo, Ing Madyo Mangun Karso, Tut Wuri Handayani” – Ki Hajar Dewantara.
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