16 October 2017 – 12 female students from the Engineering Faculty batches 2015 and 2016 were invited by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Jakarta Chapter to join them in a visit to the Nestle Factory in Karawang, West Java. The students were Nini, Mazay (AVE) , Naila, Dinda, Dea (INE) , Ghina, Dita, Winna, Wila, Audrey, Dhifa and Viorine (MTE).
Ms. Jane from the SWE said “the purpose of this trip is to learn how women engineers have a role in the industry and to encourage young girls to have a vision that we can do not only arts and crafts but also something as hard as being an engineer”
In the factory, the students were able to walk around the Nestle Gallery and see the production line. The Nestle factory in Karawang only produces powdered products, such as powdered milk and powdered baby food. The production processes to make the products vary from a half automatic to a fully automatic system.
After the gallery, the students got to meet with five female employees from Nestle; each of them from different engineering backgrounds and with different responsibilities in Nestle. The employees of Nestle discussed their experience of gender equality. Ms. Nessa from Nestle claimed, “Gender discrimination doesn’t come from other people but from within ourselves. We always think that we cannot do something because we are women, but in fact, we can do things that we think we are not capable of doing.” Ms. Erlyn from Nestle also told the students about how she became a supervisor when all of her team were men and how to gain respect from others.
The visit finished at 12.30 p.m. and the students had lunch with the SWE before heading back home.