Ms. Raineldis Boleng Hayon known as "Ibu Oa," the coordinator of the Wadah Community Center or PKM Wadah in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) was invited by the Monash University in Australia to attend a training course on Empowering Women for Sustainable Development of Indonesia's Aquatic Living Resources from October 17, 2016 to 11 November 2016. The program was aimed to assist development of marine and coastal resource management by women on a sustainable basis based on three main pillars of the development of marine and fisheries in Indonesia - marine, sustainability and prosperity.
The training which was initiated by Dr. Paul McShane from Monash University was organized in collaboration among the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia, the Global Marine Resource Management, Fishwell Consulting and Monash University. It was attended by 12 participants - 5 from UGM, 3 from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and 4 from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
This course covered various topics including the potential of marine resources in Indonesia, governance in terms of economy-ecology as one of the sources of sustainable living, as well as the human resource potential of Indonesia in managing marine sources, including women.
On this occasion, Ibu Oa also shared information on empowerment of coastal women (Wadah Foundation-style) in Wuring Lembah village in Sikka. In 2013, Wadah Foundation sent three women from the said coastal village along with 5 others, who were from Pomat Village, Wolomude, Koa and Kupang, to India to learn how to assemble solar electric equipment. "This story turned out to be really interesting for Dr. Paul McShane, president of the training committee. He wanted to learn from the women, known as the light warriors, especially about topics related to coastal communities. Because of this, Dr. McShane has committed to visit the village of Kupang and Wuring Lembah village this December 2016," said Ibu Oa.