Think and act as a mother
“Being a female leader is not without obstacles. But I run it like a mother at home, only bigger because of my role to lead the broader home. Like mother, if there are children who complain, the task of listening and helping mothers. When there are demonstrations, the protesters like the child who was complaining to his mother, and had heard what he wants, “said Airin to Female Compass at the Hotel Mulia, Jakarta some time ago.
Mother of Ghifari Wardana (13) and Ghefira Wardana (6) is leading the expansion of the city of Tangerang regency of Banten province with a population of nearly 1.3 million inhabitants.
In view Airin, just like at home mom duties, though it was trying to give the best, the mother can not satisfy everyone. Therefore, in the lead role of Mayor, Airin not necessarily burden themselves with various needs and desires of its citizens. Conversely, women who once worked as a notary public is even more observant to notice the needs of the city and the citizens they lead.
In a talk with Daily Compass and Kompas.com , Airin express a variety of programs, both planned would ever have been applied, in a hundred day leadership.
Like a mother who used to think the complex and always noticed the details of each family’s needs, Airin plan details every idea and plan to promote the accomplishment of South Tangerang city. Start the waste problem and its processing, green lifestyle with bicycle lanes and car free day , the issue of infrastructure, urban spatial structure, residential areas, various accounting issues in detail and planned.
“All the stage is still the plan, hopefully I can make it happen soon,” he hoped.
Women have the potential
Airin admitted to not having a background or experience in the field politics. But he has a mentor who sustain her to take part in politics and successfully won the seat in the supreme leadership of South Tangerang city.
“I learned from my sister in law’s mother Atut (Banten Governor-RED), he is a mentor me. Besides also the mother of Megawati and Sri Mulyani, they are women a source of inspiration, “he said.
According Airin, there is no discrimination that weaken it as a woman in acting in the public domain, even to grab the reins of leadership. Similar to many women who work in the public space, the biggest challenge they experienced was more to the division of time between the roles of public and domestic roles.
“The biggest challenge for me is to share time with family. Therefore I always make a priority scale in every respect and discipline of time, “said former Puteri Indonesia West Java 1996.
Leadership Airin that highlight mother’s role for its citizens, it makes it more sensitive to the touch needs a lot of people. One program that digulirkannya inspired by the mother’s role is “Movement Mother Reading to Children“. The program was officially launched on Children‘s Day last July 23, 2011.
“This movement invites the parents, especially mothers, to take the time to read to a child if you want to have children who are more sensitive to its surroundings,” explains Airin.
Women who love this bike personally felt the effects of reading stories to children. “The first child I used to read storybooks. He grew more sensitive. As a mother, I feel cared for by him. Children trained sensitivity with reading habits, “he continued.
Personal experience as a mother was the inspiration in leadership Airin. Quite simply, if her son could benefit from reading the book, then the other children in South Jakarta was also able to enjoy the benefits of reading and telling stories from books.
As mothers who want their children to succeed in the future, Airin wants its citizens develop independence. Knowledge and skills training is the focus. Along with reading the motion, which led the government is also promoting the bookmobile.
“Currently there are 35 mobile libraries in the seven districts. This library not only provides books, but also audiovisual, as well as training for parents. So when children read books, parents also benefit from training to make crafts, “said Airin that encourages economic self-sufficiency through small and medium-based cottage industry has great potential in South Jakarta. (www.WomanAndHome.org)