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.
Rita Kartika is a medical staff at the Central General Hospital of H. Adam Malik in Medan City. On July 19-20, 2017, she had the opportunity to participate in the ‘Gender Equality/Women’s Empowerment and Corruption Impacts for Women’ training held in Medan City. She received this training because the institution where she works in is a partner of ELSAKA Medan in the field of corruption prevention in the health sector.
The Training on Gender Equality/Women’s Empowerment in Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Health Sector, with the support of USAID CEGAH in Medan (July 2017), have provided participants with the knowledge and awareness of the concept of gender equality and the implementation of intervention to achieve women’s empowerment, particularly in corruption prevention efforts. Attended by 7 local government institutions and 5 NGOs, this training is a rich source of information on and experiences in anti-corruption prevention from various sectors, namely health, environment, governance, and women’s empowerment.