Girls Can Lead was founded in 2016, under the name of Perempuan Politik. The story began when the initial founders seek the lack of awareness regarding political engagement among young women.
Ever since, the organization has expanded their works, not only limited in political awareness, but also how to encourage young women to be an active, intelligent, and confident member of the community.
As the pioneer of young women network in Indonesia, we focus on building the capacity instead of providing aid or reactive program by providing a free leadership training program and networking platform for young women aged 18-25 years old, especially those who come from marginalized population.
To increase the number of qualified and respectful Indonesian women leaders by encouraging and help build their capacity to participate in their community
women to become a super woman in their own way
a sisterhood community to develop positive relationship between women
the leadership capacity of Indonesian women in all levels to contribute in the decision-making process
Founder and Executive Director
Abigail is the Founder of Girls Can Lead (GCL). As UN Women-certified youth trainer, she developed leadership training curriculum for GCL Camp and provide free leadership training for Indonesian young women, mainly in the eastern part of Indonesia such as Poso and Ambon.
In 2017, Abigail was chosen by the US State Department to study Civic Engagement at Northern Illinois University under the YSEALI Academic Fellowship program. Abigail also a proud member of IRI’s Generation Democracy (www.generationdemocracy.org), in which she was appointed as Indonesian delegate during Jakarta’s Regional Academy 2017 and Generation Democracy Global Summit 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
She began her professional career at the Jakarta’s Governor Office as an Associate in several development projects, such as Jakarta Smart City and the Ease of Doing Business in Jakarta. Afterwards, she spent a year working for a Jakarta-based business incubator before began her journey to pursue her master’s degree in public policy in London as a Chevening scholar.
Graduated cum laude from University of Indonesia, she was once selected as Temasek International Foundation scholars and spent one semester at the National University of Singapore. During her free time, she enjoyed globetrotting, museum-hopping, and tasting the new restaurant in town.
Poso Team Leader
Banny Rahayu found interest in digital media since volunteering as a communications and media officer at National Australia Indonesia Language Awards. She then joined GirlsCanLead, where she learned not only about social media, but also female leadership and women empowerment. She currently works as a media and publication assistant at the USAID-funded SMART CITY Center for Collaborative Research, focusing on urban planning. Banny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies from the University of Indonesia.
People usually call her Gisyela and she have keen interest towards entrepreneurship. Gisyela owned and ran several businesses since her time in college. Passionate in business, she graduated cumlaude, majoring in Economic from Sam Ratulangi University. In 2016, she began her professional career at Bank Indonesia in North Sulawesi. Now, she is currently working in the banking industry in Jakarta. Throughout her career, she found most leaders in her company are men, only a few women become leaders. This issue has encouraged her to join social activities which aims to reach many women becoming a great leader in the future. In 2018, she joins non-profit organization #GirlsCanLead as a volunteer, helping the team from anything related to the recruitment matters to camp participant’s well-being. She believes GCL will have a big impact on women leaders in the future.
Gunawan serves as the Team Leader in Poso, Central Sulawesi and responsible for the overall programming and networking strategy of GCL in the area. Gunawan is a religious conflict survivor, which eventually led him to become a keen advocate of peace, diversity, and women empowerment in the conflict area. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Sintuwu Maroso University, he is currently working at the Sikola Mombine Foundation, which focuses on empowering women who live in conflict and/or disaster-prone areas, mainly in Central Sulawesi. Gunawan is part of Generation Democracy network, having partake in two events in the past: Generation Democracy Youth Leadership Academy in Bangkok, Thailand and Generation Democracy Youth Leadership Academy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Colleen is a Southeast Asian Studies graduate, specializing in the role of gender as well as NGOs within the areas. Her passion in helping people in the region led her to become the YSEALI Administrative Director for 2015-2017 batch at Northern Illinois University.