The G20 can help open up access and empower women: BRIN

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The G20 can play an important role in improving women’s access and empowerment so that they can contribute more to development, said Laksana Tri Handoko, director of the National Agency for research and innovation (BRIN).

“The role of the G20 in empowering women, especially in G20 countries, is not just about opening up access and ensuring equal rights for women,” said Handoko, contacted by ANTARA in Jakarta on Friday.

The role of the G20 is to encourage the creation of a more friendly environment for women to enable them to pursue careers and contribute to development in a professional manner, he added.

Women have a very important role in today’s modern era, he said. Women are not only expected to pursue careers in traditional professions, but to have broken into various other sectors and professions.

“It is not only because of equal rights and access without gender discrimination, but also because of the real need with the increasing diversification of various professions in society,” he added. .

According to Handoko, many new professions have emerged that are more suited to women.

Even commercial players in the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector are now increasingly dominated by women from diverse backgrounds.

“These women entrepreneurs are actually coming up with a variety of new, high-quality products that weren’t thought of before,” he said.

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Therefore, the G20 pays attention to the empowerment of women in order to increase the role and contribution of women in progress and change in nation building.

The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) enables testing of innovative products to speed up the downstream and commercialization of research and innovation results, Handoko noted earlier.

“This innovative product testing facilitation program is BRIN’s step to accelerate the endorsement of research results that can be an innovation that is not only scientifically proven but also capable of meeting regulations,” he said. he explains.

Due to the lack of facilities to test products that require significant funding and resource investment, a lot of research stops at the publication stage, he said.

Moreover, not all industries are willing to adopt research results that are known to have a high risk of failure and require a large investment.

To this end, with a budget, infrastructure and resources for researchers, BRIN helps researchers to test products resulting from research, according to applicable standards.

BRIN can also help industry test innovative products so that commercial products can be obtained without requiring large investments for testing, Handoko said.

He said he expects BRIN’s help will help close the risk gap in the downstream of search results products with economic value, so that more and more results products of scientific research can be commercialized.

According to Acting Deputy for Research and Facilitation at BRIN, Agus Haryono, the agency is implementing a health innovation product testing program.

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