Empowering Women in Palm Oil Cooperatives

Doc. Fortasbi/Manager ICS Koperasi Jasa Mutiara Kongbeng, Sulastri Rahmawati

Palmoilmagazine.com, KONGBENG – Gone are the days when women were confined by limitations in the workplace. In the progressive era we live in, we witness remarkable transformations. One such inspiring example can be found in Koperasi Jasa Mutiara Kongbeng, where the majority of members are smallholders. This cooperative has embraced change by appointing a female internal control system (ICS) manager, Sulastri Rahmawati.

Sulastri Rahmawati, born on September 9, 1992, is a young and dynamic individual. She firmly believes in the significant contributions women make to the agriculture and palm oil plantation sectors in Indonesia. With her appointment as the ICS manager, Sulastri challenges stereotypes and proves that gender should never be a barrier to success.

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“Female works not only to guarantee food security in a family or active in society, but also could help to stabilize the economy in her home,” she said, as Palmoilmagazine.com quoted from official page of Fortasbi, Monday (12/6/2023).

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There are 15 ICS members in Koperasi Jasa Mutiara Kongbeng and some of them are, such as, Ramlah, Saniasa, Rusniati, and Arfa Indah.

As female, Sulastri does not want to list her name in an institutional structure, she is also actively as motor in the institution. She is firm and deft.

The union in Kutai Timur, East Kalimantan Province does deliver facilities to its members, both male and female, such as, trainings in certificate materials, escalating capacity to be able in public speaking, forum discussion to deliver opinions and complaints about sustainable palm oil.

“Other female ICS members also got the same facilities and rights with the male in the union. There is no limit for the female in the union if she wants to get involved in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certificates,” she said.

Sulastru also told that the same degree of female is that she has same rights and chances in many things, such as, decision making or policy or becoming a leader in an institution.

This makes her develop herself, confident to be ICS manager in a union that got RSPO and ISPO certificates. (T2)

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