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