Women Research Institute

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

Women’s needs, and environmental problems are closely intertwined, one example of which is in relation to energy usage. Energy availability is an important aspect of human life and is a necessity to support sustainable national development. For women, energy availability can influence reproductive health, household processes and individual sense of security amongst other areas related to the level of women's welfare. Electrical energy for women helps enable household activities ranging from turning on a water pump to facilitate the availability of water inside the house and indeed electricity is the source of power for electronic cooking devices commonly used inside Indonesian homes, such as a rice cooker. [1]



Energy Infrastructure Development and Access for Women


Increased infrastructure development is hoped to provide communities access to a better quality of life. One of the main areas of development that would provide this is better electricity infrastructure. Often these infrastructure developments require housing locations and land to be voluntarily donated to become the development site. Women, as one of the central elements in society, often are left out of the process of negotiating these community-volunteered locations.


One way that these women can be better empowered to get the equal benefits from development, is to involve women in consultation processes. Sita Aripurnami, Director of Women Research, was invited as a speaker for the Safeguards Capacity Building training for Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara organized by PT. PLN. where spoke about gender understanding and gender mainstreaming.


This training took place on the 25-26 July 2019 in Mataram. It was attended by 200 PLN workers who have strategic positions in the electricity consultation and development processes. As part of this training, Sita Aripurnami provided understanding and justification of why it is important to involve women in consultation processes as well as strategies to involve women in these processes in order to get equal benefits. In addition to conveying gender concepts and theories, the training also consisted of practical sessions to conduct assessments as one phase of consultation for the community. It was interesting to see how during the training, participants came to understand and realize the importance of involving women who have a wealth of information and local wisdom in consultation processes.



[1] 17 Mei 2017. Adakah Energi Bersih dan Inklusif untuk Perempuan?. Diambil dari http://www.koalisiperempuan.or.id/2017/05/17/adakah-energi-bersih-dan-inklusif-untuk-perempuan/?fbclid=IwAR2y2RUsawmyFtUzM8Kyx2IIQWQ_piq1sco1HG99K6E5CLe6khYeQg1hxAc

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