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.
Women’s needs, and environmental problems are closely intertwined, one example of which is in relation to energy usage. Energy availability is an important aspect of human life and is a necessity to support sustainable national development. For women, energy availability can influence reproductive health, household processes and individual sense of security amongst other areas related to the level of women's welfare. Electrical energy for women helps enable household activities ranging from turning on a water pump to facilitate the availability of water inside the house and indeed electricity is the source of power for electronic cooking devices commonly used inside Indonesian homes, such as a rice cooker. 
There are not that many books on Indonesian women’s movements that are based on research. There are even less books on Indonesian women’s movements that are written by Indonesian authors. Potret Pergerakan Wanita di Indonesia (Portrait of Women’s Movements in Indonesia), published in 1984, is especially valuable because it provides historical narratives on Indonesian women’s organizations and movements from the “Pioneering Period” of 1880-1910 to the post-independence period of 1945-1965 from the perspective of an Indonesian women activist and academician author, Sukanti Soerjocondro. The book has become a classic reference on women’s movements in Indonesia. It highlights the fact that, for example, marital issues especially polygamy and divorce, education, and women and children trafficking, which women’s organizations are struggling with currently, were important issues in the 1920s.