Enhancing Women’s Political Leadership in the Policy Making Process (WOMEN)

Brief Overview

Kemitraan has provided ongoing support to promote women’s representation in politics. Support activities to advance women’s representation have been initiated in 2006 in anticipating emerging issues for 2009 Election. Based on the above experience, the number of women candidates who are vying for legislative office has in fact increased dramatically. Out of the total of 11,301 candidate legislators, 34% of such candidates are women. However, despite the increased number of women who are contesting for elected office, information regarding the candidates’ background is scarce and difficult to obtain, the need to develop a portal or a forum by which elected women legislators can discuss their experiences and issues that they are currently encountering, and the need to have a source of information regarding laws, articles, and other kinds of literary works related to MDGs issues. In response to the above, Kemitraan is continuing to work on strengthening the leadership role of women in politics and build the capacity of women legislators to achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) addressed by Project of Enhancing Women’s Political Leadership in the Policy Making Process (WOMEN).


Main Achievements/Milestones

In order to achieve the successful of the WOMEN, some activities conducted were developing a baseline for women's leadership in the policy-making process, establishing Knowledge Centers for women leaders in Yogyakarta, Bali, Manado and West Java, and distributing a guidebook on MDGs for women legislators throughout Indonesia. Hence, from those series activities, WOMEN has already successfully reached to make gender-based policies like Healthy Mothers and Toddlers (KIBBLA) and Anti Trafficking in Bandung and Cianjur Districts with a budget increase of 26% for KIBBLA. In Bali, Bali Sruti has “Kursus Kepemimpinan (Suspim)”targeting 540 women politicians from 6 political parties in Bali; PDIP, Golkar, Demokrat, Gerindra, Hanura and Nasdem. So far, Bali Sruti has trained 38 women from Golkar and 130 from the PDIP - the biggest party in Bali. In North Sulawesi, Swara Parangpuan enhanced the women’s political network (through Women’s Parliamentary Caucus) and received support from Konrad Adrenaur Siftung (KAS) to improve the women’s capacity in political communication in monitoring the general election in 2014 and conducted free advocacy for “visum et repertum” women victims of abuse approved by Local Legislature (DPRD).


Project name : Enhancing Women’s Political Leadership in the Policy Making Process (WOMEN)
Source of funds : The Netherlands 
Project duration : January 2010 – December 2014
Geographical focus : Jakarta, West Java, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Bali, North Sulawesi, National
Project partner(s) :

DPR-RI women members, DPRD women members, DPRD II women members, Women’s Empowerment CSO Network, MDG’s CSO Network, Provincial Governments, Municipal/Regent Governments, Academics, KPI, IPC, Bali Sruti, WCAOB, WABTI, Suara Parangpuan, Konsorsium Yogya (Lembaga Studi Islam dan Politik, Narasita, PSW UNY, PSW UGM, KPI Yogyakarta, CFL), Konsorsium Jabar (SAPA Institute, Binangkit, Sanggar, Pergerakan, Lembaga Advokasi Kerakyatan, KPI Jabar)

Beneficiaries :

Women Legislators at the National, Provincial, and Municipal Level, Political Parties’ Women’s Autonomous Body, Women Empowerment CSO Networks

Responsible KemitraanOfficer : Agung Wasono
Email : agung.wasono@kemitraan.or.id
Responsible KemitraanUnit : Democracy and Justice Governance