Women Research Institute

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

Regional Autonomy has created a negotiation room which makes local governance more accessible for its stakeholders. Women Research Institute (WRI) conducted 2 stages of research to look at how the new negotiation room affects the definition of gender role in local governance. We view this gender role as a foundation for the stakeholders in the structure of local governance to design and implement various policy agendas. The first stage of our research reveals that most local governance use the definition suggested by gender mainstreaming policy, yet they do not turn it into program or real policy to implement this new definition. Based on this, for the second stage, WRI compared the daily experience of women with the gender assumption used by the government. 

The data collected during the second stage of the research shows that the experience of women has not been considered as an important factor in the making of local regulation. Women have not benefited from the government service optimally and have not been given adequate room to express their needs and ideas and show their potential. It’s an important step to fix this problem in order to improve the quality of local government service, the distribution of benefits for everyone especially women, and women’s participation in the implementation of local governance.

The changes that took place in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam because of the Tsunami have destroyed the entire public service infrastructure, public safety, and people’s welfare. The reconstruction process has been the agenda of the central government and international institutions, but this is not followed by the process of raising the awareness among the people on the importance of their participation in the reconstruction process and the need to formulate a strategy for social reconstruction together.


Before the Tsunami happened in Aceh, the people of Aceh had faced problems related to prolonged conflicts which eventually led to poverty, especially for women.


This seminar was held in Jakarta on 9 March 2005 by Women Research Institute. This discussion concluded that women’s needs and thoughts have to be incorporated in the reconstruction concept. This discussion aimed at formulating Social Reconstruction in Aceh which involves women.

Year Commencing Notes of Women Research Institute

Edriana Noerdin as research director of Women Research Institute (WRI) gave an opening 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 women candidates for the parliament after the judicial review was issued.

The notion that sees the majority vote election system may hinder the participation of women in the Election 2009 should be contested. Quantitatively the representation of women in the National Parliament is 18%, the highest percentage in the history of Indonesia. Some WRI’s research areas also showed that women’s representation in the parliament increase at the districts/cities, among others in Pontianak, Solo, Mataram and North Minahasa. 

Since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, much progress has been achieved in terms of population. However, the objective of ICPD to achieve a comprehensive service on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is still far from realization. The total number of youths in Asia-Pacific alone reaches half of the global population of youths. In Indonesia itself, one of five people is between 15-24 years old, or approximately 63 million lives (33% of the total Indonesian population), but Indonesia's policies and programs have yet to pay a sufficient attention to youths.

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  • 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...

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