Women Research Institute’s Participation at the Global Forest Watch Summit 2019 in Washington DC
The Global Forest Watch (GFW) held its inaugural Summit of practitioners and innovators in the field of forest monitoring from the 18th to 19th June 2019 at the Marvin Center, George Washington University in Washington DC. The purpose of this summit was to strengthen the capacity of the forest monitoring community to implement a technology-based monitoring approach in the development of forest management, conservation and restoration. Women Research Institute, a partner of the World Resources Institute, was invited to participate in the GFW Summit activities and exchange knowledge and experiences related to forest monitoring tools with other World Resources Institute partner institutions. The GFW Summit 2019 activities included multiple panel discussions that participants could attend. Women Research Institute researchers participated in various discussion sessions, topics included 1) The latest information about the development of the GFW platform, 2) Discussion on forest monitoring tools and practices 3) Discussion on Community Monitoring and Evaluation 4) Networking Session: user marketplace, 5) Utilizing data for real action.
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.