Yohana Yembise a Symbol of Women Empowerment and the Spirit of Papua

Yohana Susana Yembise or more well known as Yohana Yembise is the first Papuan born women Minister in Indonesia. She was born in Manokwari, Papua, 1 October 2016, and became the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection in the Working Cabinet of 2014-2019. Moreover, she is also the first Papuan women who got awarded as Distinguished Professor by the Minister of Education and Culture. Before she becomes the minister, she is a Distinguished Professor of Education of English Language in Cendrawasih University (Uncen), Papua.

Yohana Yembise
Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise. Via possore.com

Like many great figures in history, she also had a humble beginning, before she becomes the great woman that she is right now. In the past,  she studied in Padang Bulan Elementary School in 1965. After she graduated from  elementary school, she got accepted in 1 Public Junior High in 1971, and then continuing her study at Persiapan Public High School of Nabire, in 1974.

In 1985, Yohana Yembise continued her study in University of Cendrawasih, Papua, with English Education as her major. In her college life, she already shows interest in teaching, by becoming an assistant lecturer in Uncen, and was later accepted to become a full time lecturer from 1986, until now. She then continued her study in the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, British Colombia, Canada and received her Master of Art in 1994. In 2001, she continued her Doctoral Degree in University Newcastle of New South Wales, and received her Ph.D in 2006.

In her career, she got into many important positions, even before she became a Minister, she was the Head of Language Laboratory of Uncen for one year, in 1991. One year after that (1992), she got accepted as a Diplomat of Applied Linguistic TEFL in Regional English Language Center (RELC), SEAMEO Singapore. In the past, she also served as Vice Chief of Papua Research Institute in Jayapura, Papua.

Her contribution in the field of education has been decorated with many achievements, one of them, is when she got an award letter as an exemplary student by the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, during her education in 1981-1982. In 10 September 2014, she became one of the finalists in the category of National Leadership at the Alumni Award University of New Castle 2014.

It is not surprising that President Jokowi has chosen her as the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection. Yohana Yembise is a figure of a modern Kartini, a national hero who dedicates her live in education and women empowerment. Not only that she has shown us that women can have the same achievements as men, but also how also as an accomplished Papuan born woman. Her way of life has shown us the importance of education for our future generation, especially in Papua.