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MARITAGE International Officiates the Establishment of MARITAGE Indonesia and Indonesia’s Participation at ‘A Shawl for All Women’ Partnerships for Women Empowerment Initiative through the Power of Art, Culture and Heritage

MARITAGE (Multicultural Art & Heritage for Development) International, a global initiative led by First Ladies, women leaders, artistic society, government and policy makers and development actors around the world, announced the establishment of MARITAGE Indonesia on August 27, joining the many MARITAGE International national committees around the world. Working as a non-profit initiative, MARITAGE Indonesia will strive to extend MARITAGE vision to empower vulnerable Indonesian women, enhance their skills and creativity so that they can improve their access to better health and education.

The initiation of MARITAGE Indonesia also marked Indonesia’s participation at the official launch of MARITAGE’s global campaign called ‘A Shawl for All Women’ Partnerships for Women Empowerment, which aims at generating economic development opportunities for women through the design and sales of shawls, often leveraging partnerships with high fashion partners, and raise funds for maternal and child health initiatives. The campaign was initiated on the basis that the shawl is a powerful universal symbol that unifies all women and represents the interrelated themes of art, culture, health and motherhood.
In light of the MARITAGE’s mission to create better health and education for vulnerable women in developing countries, a partnership was recently established between MARITAGE International and Webster University for potential scholarship program dedicated to underprivileged women in the MARITAGE countries.

An important element of the Webster University-MARITAGE Scholarship Program will be to provide high quality, tertiary education opportunities in local communities in Indonesia with a focus on programs that meet local needs for employment, civic engagement, health and leadership; and developing entrepreneurial talent in young women and mothers through mentoring and sponsorship. The ultimate outcome of the program is to build capacity among women towards stronger economies in a time of changing demographics.

To celebrate the milestone, MARITAGE Indonesia held an evening event of Multicultural Art & Heritage celebration & the MARITAGE Movement of the Word’s Creativity Without Borders at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski. The event was not only to officiate the establishment of MARITAGE Indonesia, but also aimed at engaging key Indonesian stakeholders representing the policy makers, business and civil society leaders to part-take in realizing MARITAGE’s vision for women’s empowerment in Indonesia. Also present at the event were other MARITAGE country representatives and global champions, including: Tri Mumpuni from Indonesia, MARITAGE Champion for Community Empowerment; Delia Von Rueti from Indonesia, MARITAGE Honorary Speaker for HOPE; Fitriani Hay from the United Kingdom, MARITAGE Honorary for Artistic Elegance and Humanity; and Maudy Koesnaedi from Indonesia, MARITAGE Indonesia Goodwill Ambassador, giving full support to MARITAGE Indonesia.