Reflection and learning: the importance of automatic integration of gender for our welfare
Representatives of the WAVES (Weaving Leadership for Gender Equality) program leaders in Indonesia gathered in Jakarta, 18-19 September 2019 at a workshop to share experiences and lessons learned during the implementation of gender mainstreaming activities that have been carried out to date.
The WAVES program (Weaving Leadership for Gender Equality) is one of the initiatives of The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) which began in March 2019. This program seeks to support partners with the knowledge and capacity to understand, design and implement gender equality in natural resource management. WAVES champions in Indonesia are represented by various institutions such as non-governmental organizations, women's groups, governments and universities, which are expected to support each other.
This workshop aims to reflect and share experiences and lesson learns about the activities that have been carried out, identify challenges, and jointly formulate solutions, and build action plans. Various activities have been carried out by all participants in their respective organizations. For example through the preparation of modules with a gender perspective approach, integrating gender perspectives in organizational/institutional strategic plans, mainstreaming gender in university programs for students, and implementing gender mainstreaming policies at the village level.
According to Dian Nurhadiatin from the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPA), the WAVES program is in line with the government's efforts to mainstream gender. Dian shared her experience in implementing the PPRG (Gender Responsive Planning and Budgeting) program which has been applied to the village level where gender issues are integrated.
All participants expected that this kind of workshop will be held regularly to be a place for sharing experiences, challenges and also lesson learned about gender mainstreaming implementation. Borrowing the term auto-pilot, all participants of the WAVES program workshop in Jakarta conveyed the importance of integrating gender automatically in activities planning and implementation for the realization of a life in equality; and also to understand that gender is not only limited to women but includes all members in the household. It is still a long journey to realize gender equality in natural resource management in Indonesia through the WAVES program, but with the help and involvement of various parties, surely it will be achieved.