Georgia WAND participates in International Exchange Program
Georgia WAND Executive Director Becky Rafter is participating in an exchange program in Indonesia! Her journey is a product of a partnership between American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and US Indonesian Society.
Back in the fall of 2016, we had the pleasure of working with Ms. Suwarti Ningsih Kamondo who came to us as a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Professional Fellows Program (PFP) Fellow Ningsih Kimono. Because of her leadership and initiative, Becky was able to take part in this global opportunity to get first hand exposure people and communities in Southeast Asia who have a history of experiencing environmental injury and harm against women in comparison to what exists in here in Shell Bluff, GA.
After arriving in Jakarta, she will travel to Sulawesi Tengah to meet with representatives from Sikola Mombine and American Councils for International Education (ACIE). From there she will travel to Central Sulawesi to visit with Reps from Parliament of Central Sulawesi’s Women’s Caucus in the Lambara Village to discuss women’s issues, and learn about Provincial governance, Legislative politics, Current Development projects in the area, and Natural Resources in the province and women’s involvement. She will meet with The Honorable H. Longki Djanggola - Governor of Central Sulawesi, Reps from Central Sulawesi Legislature, Reps from Maluku and Area Development, Reps from Solidaritas Perempuan Palu, Reps from Libu Perempuan, and Reps from Wahana Lingkungan Hidup.
On the last leg of her stay she’ll be visiting a village in Rano, hearing from young leaders, and participating in workshops with topics such as: Humanity and the environment: federal funding and state budgeting; analysis of power and Palm oil: mining, violence against women, nuclear energy, and systems of government in Indonesia vs US.
Upon her return she’ll be excited to share all of the wonderful stories and experiences she had during her trip to Indonesia! Please keep an eye out for an debrief in an upcoming Georgia WAND weekly.