The Impacts of Forest Concession on Women’s Lives
The data from Global Forest Watch (GFW) records a massive loss of tree covers in peat lands in Pelalawan Regency and Siak Regency, Riau, which could lead to prolonged forest fires. Currently, the proportion of degraded forests is much larger than the proportion of natural ones, potentially causing an extended impact on women who are highly dependent on forest conditions. The increasingly fast rate of deforestation each year is triggered by the large number of concessions granted to plantation and forest-based companies, thus limiting the people’s access to forests and natural resources.
WRI’s 2012 research entitled “Feminist Leadership in the Post Authoritarian Regime in Indonesia: Its Impact on Social Movements and Women’s Welfare: Case Study in 5 Regions” found that cultural, social, and political influences in Indonesia have hindered female leaders from using their power to overcome women’s issues.
Women’s movement in the form of non-governmental organizations is an effort for women to create a social leadership space which provides a larger sense of equity and equality instead of domination. However, it is impossible to discuss female leadership in a larger social context without addressing the social and cultural factors.
Women Leadership as an Attempt to Tackle Social, Cultural, and Political Challenges in Indonesia
As a follow-up to Women Research Institute (WRI)’s 2012 research entitled “Feminist Leaderships in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia in Influencing Social Movements and the Correlation to the Improvement of Women’s Prosperity: Case Study in 5 Regions”, WRI held a capacity building training for leaders and staff of women’s organizations in the effort to achieve sustainable women’s organizations in strengthening women’s position in society.
As a research institute with a vision to realize a gender-fair Indonesian society, on 13-15 March 2013, the Women Research Institute (WRI) organized a further study program on feminist methodology and gender analysis in Jakarta. The feminist methodology has become very important as it can assist and provide a framework for women who work or are concerned in women’s issues. This method reminds us on the importance to respect various views and opinions. It also emphasizes that there is no absolute truth about anything. This viewpoint criticizes currently used methods, particularly social researches or scientific papers, which believe that quantity can refer to the existence of social truth.
Women Research Institute (WRI) has organized a series of training of feminist methodology, ranging from the Training of Basic Feminist Methodology First Batch on 24-27 May 2011, and the Training of Basic Feminist Methodology Second Batch on 13-16 June 2011. Both trainings were conducted at Galeri 678, Kemang, Jakarta.