Miranti Serad, one of the founders of Citra Kartini Indonesia, a women empowerment organization, explained that "The Indonesia Women Expo 2016 seeks to increase the awareness among women about the importance of their involvement in mitigation and adaptation to climate change for survival with efforts carried out jointly at the individual, community or workplace levels.”
In his opening remarks, Rachmat Witoelar, the President's Special Envoy for Climate Change stated that Indonesia should immediately change its development paradigm towards low-carbon development. "The impacts of climate change in Indonesia are becoming apparent. Current climate change-related disasters occur more frequently, such as floods, drought, crop failure, and decreased marine products. Climate change is caused by human activities, but the good news is, there is a solution. If people change their behaviors and lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly, then carbon emissions can be reduced. Women as the primary agent of change have a major role, especially in educating families and communities to undertake concrete actions."
Amanda Katili Niode, Manager of The Climate Reality Project Indonesia, believed that this event is very important to involve women in Indonesia on the issue of climate change. They are a very strategic target audience to convey the message of climate change, leading to a mental change in the family and society.
This statement is supported by Suzy Hutomo, a climate leader and the Executive Chairwoman of The Body Shop Indonesia that has implemented a low-carbon lifestyle both in the family and her company. An example is her discipline in garbage sorting and trying to minimize her waste by zero to landfill because if not treated properly waste will emit high green house gases. She also did a real action by implementing solar electric system at home.
Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusomo, a climate leader and a Member of the Commission 8 of the Indonesian House of Representatives that deals with Religion, Social Affairs, and the Empowerment of Women, states that women in Indonesia should be fully engaged in supporting the development of creative economy that spawned innovations so that even with limited funding people can mobilize low carbon and sustainable activities.
According to Nurmala Kartini Sjahrir, an anthropologist and the Senior Advisor of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, women have been exploited and their rights violated. Human and environment depend on each other. Women give birth to life, through their wombs, therefore the best thing that can be done in the framework of climate change adaptation and mitigation is to empower women as much as possible. "Because empowering women means preserving life."
Murni Titi Resdiana, a climate leader who is also the Assistant to the President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change expertly moderated the event with 150 enthusiastic attendees, including 20 Indonesia climate leaders,