Editorial Credit: Caroline Coppel
The Indonesian Embassy provided an elegant setting for CARE’s International Women’s Day celebration and diplomatic reception, held Thursday evening in North Dupont. The event followed a two-day conference hosted by the humanitarian organization, which focuses on eradicating poverty and strengthening women’s rights around the globe.
At the reception, Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE’s president and CEO, thanked the organization’s advocates and corporate partners for their work over the last year. Their efforts provided “voices for the voiceless,” she said.
“If we elevate those who are most vulnerable in our society, then everybody wins,” Gayle said.
In a short speech, Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal said the Indonesian Embassy was an ideal place for an International Women’s Day event, as Indonesia has made great strides in improving women’s rights in recent years. Since undergoing major political reform in the late 1990s, he said, the country has elected a female president and vice president, and enacted a law that requires 30 percent of the country’s governing body to be women. He also noted that Indonesia adopted universal suffrage when it declared independence in 1945.
“Despite our problems, women’s rights has come quite easily to us,” he said.
The reception itself was fairly small; around 60 people milled about two first-floor rooms of the embassy, talking and sampling hors d’oeuvres. The embassy was quite beautiful, decorated with portraits, ornate furnishings and a stained glass ceiling supposedly made in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s studio.