KSD Youth providing testimony to not underestimate their capacity (Photo: AMK/SINERGI)
KSD Youth providing testimony to not underestimate their capacity (Photo: AMK/SINERGI)

The issue of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) has yet to be integrated and implemented in training and internship activities. Generally, these two activities do not specifically address GESI, but more on preparedness to work and regulations. As a result, women and people with disabilities are often underestimated in their work, even so much as to receive unfair and distasteful treatment. Many
of their rights are not considered and fulfilled.

SINERGI, as a USAID program focusing on inclusive workforce for poor & vulnerable youth, including women and people with disabilities, thinks GESI is very important to be introduced in trainings and internships. As the initial step to introduce GESI, SINERGI held a workshop on the Implementation of Training and Internship Method and Facilitation Technique with Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
(GESI) Perspective, on November 30-31, 2018, at Room Inc. Hotel, Semarang.

Drs. Juwandi, M.Si., Secretary of the Local Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) of Central Java and the Head of Inclusive Workforce Action Group (POKSI) of Central Java, in his remarks stated, “to be honest the theme of this workshop is interesting, especially for planning in Bappeda and also BLK. A new KSD Youth providing testimony to not underestimate their capacity (Photo: AMK/SINERGI)

approach, that planning needs to also focus on gender and inclusiveness. Perhaps no training has ever truly be inclusive to people with disabilities. That is why, this is an important activity to be understood by training agencies and companies.”

In relation with gender equality issue, Dra. Myra Diarsi, member of the Governor Team for Development Acceleration (TGUPP) of Central Java explained, “when discussing about gender equality in the work environment, the design and roadmap for capacity building must be gender sensitive, information access to job opportunities needs to break through the gender difference barrier, and job training
system needs to be based on skills and capacity, not gender. Most importantly, it needs to accommodate the needs of women and people with disabilities.”

GESI issue in job training and internship also needs to be integrated on the training curriculum and module. The same goes for the facilitators or trainers, both women and men must be well represented.

On the social inclusion issue domain, workshop participants gained understanding on Breaking the Mental Block for Disabled Youth and Understanding the Pyscho-Social and Cultural Characteristics of Disabled Youth Training Participants. All workshop participants also listened to testimonies from eight youth with disabilities from Komunitas Sahabat Difabel (KSD) of Semarang City.

In the testimony, it is described that breaking mental block is very important for both disabled and non-disabled people to create equality. The disabled youth asked the workshop participants to learn to understand the psycho-social condition of people with disabilities. They can be empowered and do good work when given the opportunity and not being underestimated.

“What we need is opportunity and trust. So please give us a chance to do good work. We can do it. And we want to do it,” said Vita. Vita is one of the disabled youth, suffering from cerebral palsy. Through SINERGI’s opportunity fund, KSD facilitated Vita to participate in soft skill training and sewing training at LPK Alwine Semarang.

Participants discussing on job training method and technique with GESI perspective. (Photo: AMK/SINERGI)

In addition to obtaining understanding on GESI through presentation and panel discussion, workshop participants were also engaged to develop and present their action plan and implementation or GESI perspective job training method and facilitation technique, and also practiced micro teaching on the approach and technique of mentoring youth with disabilities, facilitated by a team from Kerjabilitas.
Rubby Emir from Kerjabilitas described, “Most importantly, in practice, there are four principles that need to be understood in conducting inclusive training for people with disabilities, namely awareness, engagement, accessibility, and ongoing support.”

After this workshop, participants, consisting of POKSI members, Job Training Providers (BLK) and Job Training Agencies (LPK), consortia coordinators from 3P components, as well as companies partnering with 3P consortia for internship activity, are expected to understand GESI. Furthermore, they are also expected to be able to design their action plan on GESI-perspective job training and internship method
and facilitation technique, to be implemented in their respected organizations/institutions.

Andhiani M. Kumalasari – Communication Specialist SINERGI