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.
Based on the experiences of Women Research Institute (WRI), there is a need among young researchers to study the feminist research method further in a comprehensive and skilled manner, in order to understand problems and find aspects of empowerment in achieving a gender-fair social prosperity.
The feminist methodology is essential because it can assist and provide a framework for those working and concerned in women’s issues. This method reminds us that there is no single truth for everything; hence, the need to respect the diversity of views and opinions. This perspective also criticizes other methods that have been adapted and used, particularly in social researches or scientific papers, which believe that quantity can reveal the existence of social truth.
Women Research Institute (WRI)’s experience shows that there is a need among young researchers to understand the feminist research methodology in a more comprehensive manner in order to better understand the issue and find aspects of empowerment in realizing a gender-fair social prosperity.
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.