World Population Day 2020 – Health and Rights of Women in the Time of COVID-19

Getting to know some of the women in Asia Pacific Rayon (APR)

The World Population Day this year focuses on multiple challenges – health, economic and social. The COVID-19 crises have not spared any country and all of its population.

The theme of this year’s event is “how to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now”. The focus on women and girls is crucial as they account for the largest shares of front-line workers. According to a study by the United National Population Fund (UNFPA), women are hit harder economically due to the COVID-19 crises. Around 60 per cent of women across the world earn their livelihood by working in the informal sector.

It is important to create and celebrate this awareness. So on this day, we feature some of the women in our company, and get to know their dreams and their aspirations. By sharing them, we hope to create a safe environment where all employees, regardless of their gender, can grow and develop to their biggest potential.

cherie tan vp sustainability and communication asia pacific rayon

CHERIE TAN, VP Sustainable and Communications

What is the one word to describe the world you want to see in 2030?

INCLUSIVE. I desire to see an inclusive world with universal respect, equality and access for all people. A world that gives equal opportunity based on merit and hard work and a world that promote diversity regardless of race and religion and diversity of thought.

What is the one word that will define your legacy?

HEART. I hope that that in my life, I am remembered for having given my Heart in all that I do and say, and in my relationships, and to my community. That I champion social causes that hold dear to me and that I connected into the Heart of the one planet we will ever have on this earth.

Who is a female role model you aspire for yourself or for your daughter?

GRETA THUNBERG. Today, that role model would be Greta Thunberg, for her courage, for daring to speak up, and for holding us adults accountable to reverse the trends of climate change to give her and the generation that she represents, a chance to have a world and planet that we took for granted.

WAHYUTAMI ADIYOGA, APY Sales Support Specialist

What is the one word to describe the world you want to see in 2030?

CULTURED. That our society embraces a culture of trust, love and respect.

What is the one word that will define your legacy?

AEONIAN: eternal, long-life full of joy and excitement

Who is a female role model you aspire for yourself or for your daughter?

MICHELLE OBAMA, She is smart, inspiring, commands respect, and know what she wants for herself, her daughters and society.

woman worker at textile industry

SRI AYU, APY Garment Supervisor

What is the one word to describe the world you want to see in 2030?

SAFE.

What is the one word that will define your legacy?

SKILL. Because with skills, wherever I am and work, I can always bring my best self forward and succeed.

Who is a female role model you aspire for yourself or for your daughter?

KARTINI. Kartini is an Indonesian woman protagonist. I adore her for her struggle in the emancipation of women’s right and gender equality in education. But, I don’t want my daughter to be like her, as she was put down by her family then.

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AIDA SJAHBANA, APR Head Sales of Indonesia Market

What is the one word to describe the world you want to see in 2030?

UNITY. I hope for a United world when people can come together and help one another.

What is the one word that you will define your legacy?

TRUST. Trust is important and expensive. I think it’s very difficult to gain trust, especially at this time with lots of lies. It is one of the provisions/inheritance of life that is very important for us to protect.

Who is a female role model you aspire for yourself or for your daughter?

MYSELF (hahaha). And I see and take it from the point of view that all women who have positive thinking and a sense of strong self-confidence, that is the role model that I also desire for my daughter. Be an intellectual, confident and empowered woman that would charm as well as inspire the people around you.

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TINA SARI BR TAMBUNAN, APR Sales Admin Officer

What is the one word to describe the world you want to see in 2030?

TECHNOLOGY. I can imagine that in 2030, technology will again radically change? In 2020, messages are spread around the world, whether the content is black or white, good or bad. People can see it and talk about it, and that is all because of technology that is made certain creative people. Jumping into 2030 when I imagine the world is more automated, I am really curious what technology can deliver for us in 2030.

What is the one word that you will define your legacy?

KNOWLEDGE. I once read that knowledge is the best investment in our life. It can help us achieve more return financially and intellectually. While money is not a good means to a better life without knowledge, it is useless. Some people tell me that what we learn in school is only 10% applicable in real life. But I have a different point of view, in school maybe we learn something that not applicable in life. Still we learn life skills that are about values, how to communicate, doing projects and group work. Education is a life-long term and does not remain 10% and surely will surpass 100% 🙂

Who is a female role model you aspire for yourself or for your daughter?

I adore Prilly Latuconsina! She is an Indonesian actress and also a successful young entrepreneur. She has several businesses in culinary, fashion, makeup, and jewellry. All ofher businesses are successful and popular. She can prove that her young age was not a barrier to become a successful businesswoman. Inspired by her, it encourages me to pursue my dream to be a young entrepreneur.

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