Women Research Institute

Promoting women leadership and inclusive,
gender-based, and sustainable natural resource governance

Edriana has been active in women’s movements since 1986, where she began to participate in study groups during the time when these groups were popular in universities. She first established a women’s group with four women colleagues in 1989, called Kelompok Kebangkitan Perempuan Indonesia which was subsequently changed to Yayasan Perempuan Mardika.

At the beginning of the reformation era, Edriana co-founded the Indonesian Women’s Coalition for Justice and Democracy. For the past two years, Edrinana has been active as a gender consultant for various international and multi-lateral organizations, such as Yayasan Tifa, UNDP’s Partnership, and ILO. She was also a gender specialist for Hickling, a Canadian consultant institute which assisted the Indonesian government in formulating programs to eliminate poverty, using a pro-women perspective.


Based on her observation that there is a lack of gender-segregated data or data using feminist perspectives, with a number of colleagues, Edriana established the Women Research Institute (WRI). WRI aims to be a study and research center founded on feminist perspectives, focusing on the impacts of decentralization on communities, particularly on women. Another program of WRI is to prepare people at the local level to participate in shaping development in their regions, and to ensure that people participate in decision-makings concerning budget allocation at the local government level, which is equal for women, men and children. WRI implements a feminist methodology in every research. ***

Ever since she was studying at the University of Indonesia, Lisabona had already been active in many organizations. She began to develop an interest in journalism, and started first as a reporter for an in-campus publication and then worked as radio journalist at Internews.

She became interested in women’s issues when she was managing a talk show program under the theme “Women and Human Rights” in 1999. Lisabona ended up completing eight themes on women for that radio program.

With other colleagues who share the same concern, Lisabona established the Women Research Institute (WRI), a research institute on women's issues. ***

Her involvement in women’s movements started in 1984 where she intensely participated in discussions on labor and land eviction issues. This later influenced the establishment of a women’s organization, Kalyanamitra, in 1985, as Sita also became concerned with education about gender awareness. Sita is active both at the national and international spheres, as she was a member of Asia Pacific Women, Law and Development (1988-1996) and Global Fund for Women (1989-1996). Sita has been a speaker as well as a delegate in various meetings, such as the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo (1994) and the 1995 UN Women’s Conference in Beijing. In 1996-1997, Sita attained her Master’s degree on gender studies from The London School of Economic and Social Science, England. When she returned to Indonesia in 1997, along with a number of colleagues, Sita established INSIST (Institute for Transformative Social Sciences) in Yogyakarta.

During the Reformation era, Sita was intensely involved in the advocacy of victims of violence, beginning with victims of sexual violence of the 1998 May Tragedy. At the beginning of the establishment of The National Commission on Violence Against Women, Sita coordinated their “Strengthening the Capacity of Service Provider Organizations for Women Victims of Violence” program. Two years later, Sita embarked on a new endeavor, as the Program Manager of “Indonesia Masa Depan”, an initiative of The National Commission on Human Rights.


Since 2001 until April 2004, Sita, who is also a mother of four children, became the program advisor for UNDP’s Partnership Program. Since 2001, Sita received many requests from various organizations, such as ILO, TIFA, dan Elsam, and also Hickling, to serve as a consultant and gender evaluator. Starting from 2002, Sita has been active atin the Women Research Institute which aims to expand into a study and research center founded on gender perspective, for the purpose of observing the impact of decentralization on the daily lives of women. ***

Since she was a Psychology student at the University of Indonesia, Myra spent a lot of her time studying women’s issues and feminism, which became the subject of her thesis (S1) and also her MA thesis. Myra also raised women’s issues when she participated in discussion groups with female workers in Jakarta. In 1985 she co-founded Kalyanamitra and for the subsequent 12 years under this organization she was active in agitation as well as gender awareness activities for activists and intellectuals from various segments, that the label "radical feminist" was attached to her. In addition, Myra was also intensely involved in issues on violence, specifically violence against women, through researches in various regions, such as East Nusa Tenggara, Papua, and other regions.

Her grave concern for violence against women moved her to co-found a women’s crisis center, Rumah Ibu, in 1996, which is a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Myra was a counselor in this center. She continued her role as an ideologue, became facilitators at various educational/critical thinking activities, popularly known as social analysis, collaborating with various civil society organizations (CSOs) at different sectors almost throughout Indonesia.

She is still committed to her field of expertise, but is now working in a different organization where she is the Commissioner of The National Commission on Violence Against Women. This Commission was established based on the Presidential Decision No. 181/1998. It was founded to meet the civil society’s demand that the State responds to violation of women’s rights. Myra also joined the Women Research Institute (WRI), a feminist research institute. ***

Lugina teaches at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Indonesia and is currently completing her Ph.D at Monash University, Melbourne. Prior to her departure to Melbourne, Lugina was head of the Women’s and Gender Study Group of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Indonesia, while at the same time actively teaching and organizing the Women’s Reproductive Health Study Group at the same Faculty. She had also worked as a researcher for Kapal Perempuan. Lugina is also a lecturer for the Women Studies Postgraduate Program of the University of Indonesia. In addition, Lugina has held the position of Gender Consultant in UNDP’s Partnership for Governance Reform.

Lugina co-founded the Women Research Institute (WRI) along with other members. She founded WRI because of her concern of the situation of women’s studies in Indonesia. Based on her personal experiences, she felt the need for a research institute that specializes on research concerning women’s and gender issues. ***

Latest Publication

  • Women’s Leadership Training Module

    The Women’s Leadership Training Module is a guidebook based on a series of capacity building for women’s leadership held by Women Research Institute (WRI) in five selected areas, namely Padang, Deli Serdang, Mataram, Pekanbaru, and Jakarta. This is a follow-up from WRI’s 2012 research titled “Feminist Leaderships in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia in Influencing Social Movements and Its Correlation to the Improvement of Women’s Prosperity: A Case Study in 5 Regions.”  The research findings...

Information Sheet

Press Release

Recent Information