Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:15

Gunungkidul- Tuesday & Wednesday, 25th & 26th July 2017, Rifka Annisa becomes the facilitator and also the workshop facilitator for discussion related to UU Desa No. 6 of 2014. The activity that took place at Hotel Cikaraya Gunungkidul was attended by 20 participants that representatives from Jetis Village, Kepek Village, and Ngalang Village. This activity aims to get participants to strengthen village mapping in a participatory and village data-building techniques, as the basis of village planning.

The first day sessions began with the exposure of regulations derived from the Village Law by Farhad from the Gunungkidul District Protection, Women and Children Office. In this case, Farhad describes some regulations as derivatives of the Village Law, such as Government Regulation No. 43 of 2014 which was changed to Government Regulation Number 47 of 2015, then Government Regulation Number 60 of 2014 changed into Government Regulation Number 22 Year 2015 and Government Regulation Number 8 Year 2016 Related to the Village Fund. Related to the many rules of this derivation, Farhad still emphasizes the five principal substance of Village Law, namely recognition and subsidiaritas, village democratization, social capital and creativity of the village, village finance, and people's economy.

Unlike the first day, three speakers on the second day stressed the importance of the Village Information System for participatory village planning, especially regarding the importance of marginalized needs such as women, children and disability groups. This topic was delivered by Muhammad from the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST), Agus Hermanto community acting from Beji Village, and Dina Mariana from Institute for Research and Empowerment (IRE). Furthermore, at the end of the session, Director of Rifka Annisa, Suharti, conveyed the related story of Rifka Annisa's experience in running various activities program which is expected to help increase the participation of women in village government level.

Two days of discussing the village law, the participants were enthusiastic, especially when the material sessions were related to the implementation of information systems and gender equality in the lowest level of government. An interesting discussion among participants and facilitators has colored this activity, although there are still some differences regarding the conceptual understanding of gender equality with its implementation in relation to the Village Law which often occurs in the field.

Written: Vina Anggraini relawan magang dari Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Jawa Timur.

Translator : Laras Intansari from Brawijaya University

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