The research result on access and utilization of health services for poor women in seven districts, has show that services and utilization for reproductive health, particularly maternal health for poor women still very poor, moreover the budget allocation for reproductive and maternal health services in the research areas in average not more than 2% out of the district health office budget. This research also shows that the policy on maternal and reproductive health in the research areas are not exists yet.
WRI currently had extensive data related to reproductive health services in seven districts that can be developed as data base on reproductive health services. The data may also be used as sources of several publications under the theme of Women’s Health Services that will be delved through the discussion with experts.
The project is a six months project on capacity building for multi-stakeholders in order to enable them conducting gender responsive budget advocacy. Gender responsive budget is a budgeting process that takes into account the integration of equal access and benefit for male and female from planning up to the spending of the budget allocated. The efforts to adopt those equal chance, access, and benefit has been widely known as gender mainstreaming strategy and should be run in the whole process of planning, formulating, implementing, and monitoring.
Gender Budgeting Program is Women Research Institute (WRI) action program that is based on the preliminary research results conducted in 2001 – 2002. The research reveals that the budgeting system in Indonesia is still neutral or even more gender-blind. It is still assumed that public budgeting has already addressed both men and women. Although budget allocation is meant for all citizen, it does not mean that everybody, including women, will equally benefit from it. If there is any budget allocation for women, it is always related to the stereotyped roles of women.
Budgeting Process Assistance
The activity is designed as an effort to build community capacity in budgeting process (Planning – budgeting – implementing – evaluating – monitoring), particularly to encourage women to get involve actively in the budgeting process. It is carried out to help women to voice out their needs and their problems so it may included in the budget allocation in the province of South Sumatera. The assistance will be done for civil society, executives and legislatives in South Sumatera province. The activity will be conducted by WRI, in collaboration with local partners, i.e. the executives, legislatives, and NGOs.