Women Research Institute

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


  • 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.

Contemporary Trends in Asia: Decentralisation, Gender and Sexuality, and Popular Culture


The aim of this symposium is to look in a new way at the contemporary issues affecting Asia and its peoples. Rapid and ongoing political, economic and social change in the Asian region shapes interactions between and within states, and influences the dynamics of the everyday life. The benefits and consequences of this change are unevenly distributed among communities across the region.


In this symposium we will explore three broad themes:

  1. Decentralisation, for example: local elections; political parties and money politics; local media and political advertisements; religion and politics; environmental politics and the politics of dealing with local natural disasters.

  2. Gender and Sexuality, for example: sexuality politics; migrant domestic workers; women and social movements; new masculinities; queer cultures; and sex industry.

  3. Popular Culture, for example: MTV Asia and pop/rock music; Indian film; the Korean wave; independent film makers; hybrid Asian music and indigenous music.



We would like to encourage a diverse range of participants, including post-graduate students, early-career scholars and established scholars to participate in this symposium. We particularly encourage participants working within a multi-disciplinary framework. We ask participants to address one of the above-named topics and to critically assess the validity of current theoretical frameworks and methodologies employed towards understanding/engaging with Asia. ***


Symposium Flinders Asia Centre,
School of Political and International Studies and Department of Women Studies
Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, April 4-5, 2009


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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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