Gratiyana Ningrat Kusumasubrata
Gratiyana, simply called Gratiya is always passionate about inspiring, motivating and empowering people to stand up on their feet and improve their quality of life. She was a national head of finance in the one of the largest global youth leadership movement-AIESEC. Her role was to support the sustainability of products that support the SDGs and youth leadership development for under 30s in Indonesia. She has also been part of numerous education projects for children and women in rural areas as volunteer, committee member and other key roles.
A global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential in around 150 countries, AIESEC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UNDPI, a member of ICMYO, and is recognized by UNESCO. In December 2015, AIESEC’s young global leaders and representatives from 126 countries and territories gathered at the United Nations Headquarters to promote and drive youth participation in the implementation of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and Gratiyana was emerged in this meeting and in the Youth 4 Global Goals; an initiative powered by AIESEC that aims to activate the leadership potential of young people by engaging them in purposeful and cross-cultural projects around the globe designed to impact the Sustainable Development Goals.
In her experience at AISEC she says that in Indonesia, there are a lot of project based on the SDGs, yet she continues to give awareness to the youth about SDGs by creating platforms for youth to speak in big cities in Indonesia. Based on her judgement, the youths are really doing a great job and she says the Non-Governmental and Government sectors are really working together to support SDGs in the implementation of public policy.
She has a background in Finance at that enables her to clearly see the 8% gap in financial literacy between men (33%) and women (25%). She also points us to OJK’s (a Financial Institution in Indonesia) focus on improving financial literacy among women and their specific projects to improve women’s financial literacy.
Talking about finance, says Gratiya ‘women do a lot of crazy things in the quest to escape poverty, these includes prostitution and other vices that make them vulnerable to trafficking, but it is financial literacy that will really help women escape poverty. Financial literacy is about how you can manage your money but not only that, financial literacy should be more comprehensive than only management. It should also improve your capability and skills to gain and maintain an income. Financial literacy is a great step for economic inclusion and poverty alleviation.’
She also went ahead to iterate the role of personal development and live long learning amd it’s impact on women’s economic empowerment. In concluding this session with Gratiyana, here is what she says to youths out there “whatever SDGs you are working on, big or small, keep believing that what you are doing right now can make a great impact on your society and the world. Someday, your contribution will inspire people to do the same. That’s the ripple effect of positive impact.Thank You She-LEAPS University for the great role you are playing”.