On Wednesday, the School of Graduate Studies at Indonesia University of Education (SPs UPI) held a public discussion on the role of women in the era of Metaverse 6.0, in collaboration with the Research and Community Service Institute (LPPM). The event was held in a hybrid format, with participants attending both in person at the Auditorium of the School of Graduate Studies UPI and via Zoom Meeting on March 8, 2023.
The event started with the singing of the Indonesian national anthem, followed by the opening remarks of Dr. Phil. Leli Kurniawati, S.Pd., M.Mus, the head of the organizing committee. “Respected guests, what we are doing today is a form of gratitude and appreciation for International Women’s Day, which falls on today. Through this public discussion, we hope to examine gender issues, the role of women in leadership, and the relationship between women and technology. In addition, through this discussion, we can also express our ideas and various thoughts in examining problems that occur in children, especially in the aspects of child protection, both in Indonesia and the world,” she said.
This was followed by speeches from the Director of the School of Graduate Studies at Indonesia University of Education, Prof. Dr. H. Syihabuddin, M.Pd., the Chair of LPPM UPI, Prof. Dr. Dadang Sunendar, M.Hum, and the opening speech by the Vice Rector for Education and Student Affairs at Indonesia University of Education, Prof. Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A.
The next activity was a performance of a mask dance from Cirebon, which was presented by Professor of Dance Art Education at FPSD, Prof. Juju Masunah, M.Hum., Ph.D., followed by a prayer led by Indra Gunawan. The main activity was a public discussion with three speakers, moderated by Prof. Dr. Hj. Ratih Hurryati, M.P. CSBA. The three speakers were Members of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI), Hj. Selly Andriany Gantina, A.Md, Director of SEAMEO-CECCEP, Prof. Vina Adriany, M.Ed., Ph.D., and Secretary of LPPM UPI, Prof. Dr. Ida Hamidah, M.Si.
Selly Andriany explained that Indonesia University of Education is the only university that provides the best services for students in terms of literacy. The struggle for women’s leadership in the digital transformation era is not yet perfect, as today’s achievement of gender equality in the world and in Indonesia is said to be at the 68.1% mark according to the Global Index. It will take 132 years to achieve equality. Gender issues in politics also show that women’s position and role in party leadership is lower than men’s. In an interview, she said, “We need to raise awareness and promote women’s representation, not only in politics but also involving all pentahelix sectors, including academia.”
Meanwhile, Prof. Ida discussed women and technology, stating, “As a science and technology practitioner, I am convinced that we need to create personal and collective visions of what we want to achieve in our own environment.” Furthermore, Prof. Vina stated, “For the past few years, I have been studying gender issues in early childhood education, and the issue of women in the context of early childhood education is almost invisible. Currently, statistical data shows that 90% of teachers in early childhood education are women.” The role of women in early childhood education is very dominant, but this is not an equal access issue, but rather a result of traditional gender constructions.