Rector of UGM, Profesor. Ir. Dwikorita Karnawati, M.Sc., Ph.D, has been one of keynote speakers in the Global Education Dialogue (GED) hosted by the British Council in New Delhi, India, from 10-11 February 2015. The event with the theme “Woman and Leadership: the Absent Revolution” is a series of dialogue held across Asia.
Prof. Dwikorita proposed her ideas in the perspective of a researcher or a geologist as well as a rector. As a female geologist, she saw the unique element in disaster risk reduction that is stereotypically seen as masculine.
“What matters is not the quantity but the role. The low number can be covered by siginificant contributions. Women’s role that is minor in number can become major in role,” Dwikorita explained.
The same is true for higher learning. It is not about how much but how the policy that is produced by the minority can give contributions whilst proportionately takes sides with women and the marginalised groups.
“Quota for women is not required in terms of unversity leadership, but women’s capacities need to be enhanced to be able to participate optimally,” she said.
Prof. Karnawati further explained that she would strive through the university channel to ensure education and increased capacities for women, because only with these women can help themselves and be more ready and smart in nourishing and preparing the future generations,