Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:27

Gunungkidul- The formation of village law No. 6 of 2014 encourages new policy at the village level. It confirms that the village is not only an administrative area but as a resource that contributes the development. This perspective gives hope and opportunity to the village`s renewal to change for better. The implementation of this law encourages the participation of the community in development. Its implementation uses the empowerment paradigm of both planning and implementation of development in the village. The empowerment involves women to participate in development. Based on the situation, Rifka Annisa held a training on women's participation in village development on July, 28 to July 30 2017 ago.

 The training held in Pengok Village, Patuk district, Gunungkidul regency. It aimed the participants understand the implementation of village laws, the importance of women`s participation in village development, the village planning and budgeting mechanisms, and the village participation in a participatory way. The training was attended by 23 participants. It also invited Tenti Novira Kurniawati from Institute of Development and Economic Analysis (IDEA) as a facilitator. Tenti started the training session by delivering information about gender and women`s rights. In this session, she invited the participants to identify and determine the roles of men and women in four domains i.e domestic, public, reproductive, and productive. In addition, she invited the participant to map who is the most dominant and have more access and control over resources.

Rifka Annisa also invited Nunik from Mitra Sehati group, Nglipar Village, to give an illustration of real practice. Nunik shared her stories and experiences of participating in village development, including her experience of being involved in the Indonesian Womens Coalition. On the third day of the training, Rifka Annisa invited Doni from the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST) to explain the planning of wome`'s participation in village development, that social mapping became the basis of social planning. In this case the participants were quite enthusiastic because Doni managed to bring the best practice stories with language that was easily understood.

 These activity concluded with follow-up plan (RTL) related to what can do in each region based on information by the facilitators. Eka Ariestya,one of the participants from the Setia Mitra Wareng Village group revealed that this training provided many benefits and knowledge. She saw that still much needs to improved and increased in the village development and the empowerment of women. []

Author: Vina Anggraini, Volunteer of Rifka Annisa

Translator : Ana Widiawati from Brawijaya University

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