Yohana Yembise to participate in EAWF
On a politician who stands for women and children
Yohana Susana Yembise is the Minister of Women Empowerment and Children Protection of Indonesia. Being a Papua native, she also puts a special emphasis on the empowerment of women of the native country. The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum invited Yohana Yembise to participate. We studied the foreign media to learn more about this politician and introduce her to our readers.
Educator in politics
Yohana Susana Yembise was born in Manokwari on the Island of New Guinea. She got her education in Universitas Cenderawasih, Regional English Language Centre in Singapore, Simon Fraser University in Canada, and the University of Newcastle in Australia. Yohana holds a doctorate degree in Education. She herself notes that her education helped her a lot in her position as a Minister of Women Empowerment and Children Protection.
Yohana’s role in the advancement of the women of Papua
“I have to open people’s eyes to ensure issues for women and children are seen as part of our national development. I have been through the experience of facing strong customary law and religion, yet I have proven that women can make a difference,” says Yohana Yembise when talks about her mission.
Minister of Women Empowerment and Children Protection of Indonesia, Yohana is giving much energy to the issues in the Republic. However, as a Papua native, she is also working hard for the empowerment of women of Papua.
Yohana strives to set an example for the women of Papua, to show that that they need to fight for their rights.
Every single time she visits Papua, she never forgets to encourage the young women to not be afraid to get more involved in politics.
Yohana Yembise built a non-formal school for women in Waropen, Papua. The school teaches many important skills for women in Papua so they can actively participate in economy.
But the most important example the Minister can show to the Papuan women is how to successfully thrive as a woman in both domestic and public sector. All this time, many women in Papua are trapped between the traditional stigma that women have to stay home and their dream to realize their potentials and achieve their dream. Yembise shows that a woman doesn’t have to sacrifice one to get the other. Women have so many roles in the society and they can be successful in all of them if they want to.
Anna Repina, Eurasian Women's Community Information Agency