Progress is some areas has been made in recent years toward gender equality - education is one. There are now more girls in school worldwide than ever, with girls outnumbering boys in secondary schools, and young women outnumbering men in universities.
Gender equality in Indonesia has improved significantly over the last two decades, a World Bank report says. However, more improvement is needed in areas such as labor participation, access to formal financial institutions and development planning.
Our country still have some significant gender issues in the education system. The educational curriculum, for example, replicates gender stereotypes starting from very early ages. Men in textbooks — and this happens in a number of countries, including Indonesia — are portrayed as leaders and heroes, while women are portrayed as mothers and caregivers. Traditional gender norms are replicated from early ages so that when people seek a higher level of education, we see that women go into female areas of study, such as education and nursing. Men go into traditional male areas, such as engineering.
Ensuring informal education for out-of-school young women is also equally important. This is due to the needs of continuous improvement for better life skills and ability to educate their children.