JPII Leader Meilia Irawan Wins Australia Award for Young Women Leaders

As the winner of an Australia Award, JPII Leader Meilia Irawan (Cohort XIV, Indonesia) has taken her place in a diverse cohort of 25 young women from various provinces in Indonesia with different faith and professional background. “I am grateful for being given this precious opportunity to be with 24 other young women with different cultures, beliefs, ethnicity and professions,” states Meilia, “We all collaborate for peace in Indonesia.”

The Australia Awards Short Course on Leadership for Youth Interfaith Women Leaders is a three-part program that aims to empower participants to be active changemakers in both local and global contexts: to develop the economic, global, and cultural components of their individual organizations and communities. 

“Being a recipient of the Australia Awards for the young women leaders category is an important part of my life,” shares Meilia. “It is a mission to spread a lot of kindness to people all over the world.”

The first part of this program was a pre-course held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from February 7-9. The next piece of programming will be held in Australia in March.

Meilia reflects: “As a JPII Leader, I am also grateful because the experience in Rome had a significant impact on my perspective.” “This is the time to apply the knowledge I have acquired so far, concludes Meilia, “Hopefully my presence will provide broad benefits for Indonesia and can spread positive energy for your generation especially.”

Read more about the Australia Awards here.