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.
The Indonesian People’s Representative Council (DPR-RI) has issued a National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) and inserted the Gender Equality and Equity Bill in the 2012 Prolegnas’ list of Priority Bills1. DPR-RI targeted to ratify the Gender Equality and Equity Bill before their tenure ends in mid-2014.
Since its informal introduction to the public, the Gender Equality and Equity Bill has caused public debates between those who are in favour of and those who are against its ratification based on various perspectives, including religious beliefs2. The Women Research Institute (WRI) supports the parliament’s initiative by carrying out a policy research to identify problems and provide politically realistic policy recommendations for the Gender Equality and Equity Bill, which is currently under discussion in DPR-RI. WRI will also specifically focus its attention on several points that are considered as the key to similarise perception on gender equality and equity.
Year Commencing Notes of Women Research Institute
Jakarta, January 21, 2008
Edriana Noerdin as research director of Women Research Institute (WRI) gave a preliminary speech to mark the event of public dialogue. In her speech, Edriana described shortly the background and importance of public dialogue. From this event it is expected that the participants may find methods and loopholes to prop up support for female candidates for the parliament after the judicial review was issued.