Women, Peace, and Security
Despite promising developments such as quotas designed to ensure women's political participation, Indonesia remains a highly patriarchal society, and women are still underrepresented in government and civil society. The UN Security Council's Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security stresses the key role women play in maintaining peace and reconstructing post-conflict societies and emphasizes the need for women's full participation in peacebuilding and security efforts. In line with this goal, SFCG's programs aims to build the capacity of women as leaders and peacebuilders on multiple levels of Indonesian society in order to ensure lasting peace and stability.
I. Transformational Women's Leadership Program (TWL)
This program aims to strengthen the rights and roles of Indonesian women and to increase women's opportunities for political decision-making and representation in the public sphere.
The Transformational Women's Leadership program is focused on:
Building the capacity of women's organizations to provide ongoing leadership development for hundreds of community and political leaders across Indonesia
Utilizing media to empower women around issues of political participation, rights and justice, and to increase the population's awareness of women's roles as agents of social change through civic and political participation
Related trainings and workshops for women leaders are complemented by a 25-episode radio drama series Pemimpin SUPER (Suara Perempuan) (and related interactive radio talk shows) that provide Indonesian women with practical ways to address gender challenges, break down negative stereotypes, and create positive attitudes towards women as leaders and decision makers. These broadcasts reach urban and rural areas across Indonesia, including provinces in Java, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Sulawesi, and Sumatra.
|In implementing TWL, SFCG's key partners in government are the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI), the Regional Representative Council (DPD-RI), and the State Ministry for Women's Empowerment. SFCG also partners with the Indonesian Women's Coalition (KPI), which brings years of experience working with women leaders in Indonesia.
October 2010 marked the tenth anniversary of the UN Security Council's Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. In order to reflect on challenges that remain for women, as well as successes achieved in the wake of the resolution, the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre brought together over thirty representatives from civil society, government and UNDP offices based in Nepal, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka for a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. A multi-country network - N-PEACE (Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment) - arose out of the meeting. N-PEACE primarily supportsstrengthening the role of women in leading community recovery, and in building and restoring peace.
SFCG is helping UNDP to create a comprehensive Education, Communication and Community Outreach strategy that supports and strengthens the role of women as community leaders and peacebuilders in the four NPEACE countries, all of which house SFCG offices.
As part of this outreach effort, UNDP and SFCG are working to identify, document and profile the work of outstanding women leaders at the grassroots level who are honored with N-PEACE network awards. The awards honor individual women (one from each participating country) who are actively working in the areas of conflict resolution, negotiation, community and peace building. SFCGI oversees the production of short video documentaries about each winner.
For more information on N-Peace, visit http://www.n-peace.net/
To watch a documentary about the 2011 N-Peace awardee for Indonesia, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5yhr98V5xw
|Electronita Duan, also known as Eton, is the 2011 N-PEACE Award winner from Indonesia. Eton works to promote peace on a grassroots level in the Maluku Islands, which were devastated by a religious conflict from 1999 to 2002. She has worked to promote peace through education and economic activity; her microfinance programs, designed to help women reintegrate into postconflict society, now reach thousands of women across the Malukus.
III. Women Transforming Conflict
In implementing this project, SFCG worked in divided neighborhoods in East Jakarta, Central Kalimantan, Madura and Papua to support the role of women in conflict transformation through micro-credit and income generation activities, participatory theater, and peace forums.
SFCG in Indonesia thanks the following donors for their support: