Women Research Institute

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  • Women Research Institute’s Participation at the Global Forest Watch Summit 2019 in Washington DC

    The Global Forest Watch (GFW) held its inaugural Summit of practitioners and innovators in the field of forest monitoring from the 18th to 19th June 2019 at the Marvin Center, George Washington University in Washington DC. The purpose of this summit was to strengthen the capacity of the forest monitoring community to implement a technology-based monitoring approach in the development of forest management, conservation and restoration.   Women Research Institute, a partner of the World Resources Institute, was invited to participate in the GFW Summit activities and exchange knowledge and experiences related to forest monitoring tools with other World Resources Institute partner institutions.   The GFW Summit 2019 activities included multiple panel discussions that participants could attend.  Women Research Institute researchers participated in various discussion sessions, topics included 1) The latest information about the development of the GFW platform, 2) Discussion on forest monitoring tools and practices 3) Discussion on Community Monitoring and Evaluation 4) Networking Session: user marketplace, 5) Utilizing data for real action.  

Women are often more vulnerable to being affected by the adverse impacts of environmental disasters and damage. Indeed, this was the case was found by the Women Research Institute in relation to the forest fires haze in Riau in 2016. The research findings show that there are at least five main impacts of these environmental events, the impact on the environment, health, education, budget and economy. Not only that, in 2015, WRI also examined how the impact of forest concessions on the lives and livelihoods of women around the area.


Working with the World Resource Institute, WRI has been endeavouring to realise gender justice relating to environmental issues.  Aside from promoting a gender perspective, WRI also integrated the approach between gender and data-based technology developed by the World Resource Institute through the Global Forest Watch platform. The availability of accurate and real time data makes the advocacy process more targeted and evidenced based. Not only that, the community and especially women have to become more aware of the condition of the forests around them which will result in making women aware of the potential disasters and environmental damage that can occur due to irresponsible land and forest management.


WRI believes that advocacy and increased environmental education for communities, especially women, is something that needs to become a movement and spread throughout communities in Riau and Indonesia as a whole. Read more about WRI's experiences and research in these areas by clicking the following link: Women Research Institute Blazes Path Towards Fire Safety in Riau Communities

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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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