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.
With the support of the Representation Program (ProRep)-USAID, WRI has engaged in policy analysis since 2011. The policy analysis is expected to result in a democractic government. The objective of policy analyses is not only to produce quality recommendations and analyses, but also to communicate the research findings well. For instance, in producing a good policy paper or policy brief, there are several aspects that need to be considered, such as focus, relevance, professionalism, public orientation, based on data, easily understood language, and specific recommendations. The drafting of policy papers or policy briefs is expected to be more pertinent in future.
On 24-27 February 2014, three WRI researches had the opportunity to participate in a capacity building program on communication strategy in Yogyakarta. This workshop was held by the Policy Research Network (PRN) under the theme “Communication Strategy and Advocacy.”
Renewing Commitments to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
On 21-25 January 2014, the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) workshop was held in Manila. This year’s theme was “Examining Achievements, Good Practices and Challenges: Towards a Strategic Positioning of SRHR for all” and featured several speakers from various countries, one of which was Indonesia. This activity was held at the Philippines International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila, Philippines. One of WRI’s researchers had the opportunity to be a speaker at the event.
Since 1995, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) has held consultations with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (SRVAW). Such consultations have contributed to the integrating process of gender issues and women’s rights into the mechanism of Special Procedures that critically discusses forms of structural discrimination and violence against women.