Yogyakarta - Wednesday (09/08), Australian Consortium in Country Indonesia Studies held a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Fair event. This event presents a non-governemental organization with various focus issues in Yogyakarta. The aim is to familiarize the organizations with the wider community.

As one of the non-governmental organization in Yogyakarta, Rifka Annisa participated in the event held in Room Yustisia, University Club building of Universitas Gajah Mada. Rifka Annisa comes as a booth filler. Other participating organizations include Satu Nama, RedR Indonesia, Yayasan Rumah Impian, Sahabat Perempuan, and so on. These organizations have various background issues raised from humanitarian issues, child protection, employment, environmental awareness, to women's violence.

Rifka Annisa introduced to the visitors on gender-based violence issues for women in Yogyakarta. In addition, Rifka Annisa also explained about the programs and work that have been done to strive for the elimination of violence against women and unequal gender-based violence. The event attracted students from universities in Yogyakarta such as Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta State University, and so on. Besides being visited by students in the country, there are also many foreign students who are studying in Indonesia. "This focus is interesting and I am interested to become a volunteer in Rifka Annisa," said Vanessa, an Australian student. Currently, he is studying at Gajah Mada University. She is very enthusiastic about joining NGO Fair and interested to register as a volunteer at Rifka Annisa in the following year after getting more information related to Rifka Annisa.

 Translator: Laras Intansari from Brawijaya University

The involvement of teenagers in campaigns for the prevention of violence against women and children is an important strategy to approach teenagers. The power of 'peer pressure' among teenagers influences their behavior often. The characteristics of development of the teenagers are curiosity, want to be accepted by a group, and acknowledged their existence. When teenagers have peers who behave positively then they will behave positively too. Otherwise, when teenagers have peers who behave negatively, they will also be vulnerable to behave negatively. The relation between teenagers and their peers is an important opportunity to approach teenagers.

            Rifka Annisa has collaborated with Vocational High School 1 Wonosari, Gunungkidul regency, to form Peer Educator Team through various trainings. The next step of the training, the Peer Educator Team of Vocational High School 1 Wonosari held a socialization with the theme “Bullying Prevention at School”, on August 11, 2017.

            The socialization which lasted for 3 hours aimed to provide education and information for teenagers about prevention of bullying. Through this socialization, the teenagers are expected to establish relationships with peers without violence. In addition, this socialization also seeked to provide space for teenagers. So they can improve their capacity as peer educator facilitators.

            In the socialization session, Putri as the members of peer educators explained that bullying is a form of oppression or violence. It is committed intentionally by person or group who stronger or more powerful then others. It`s purposed to harm perpetual perpetration. Putri also explained that the impact of bullying for victims are decreased academic performance, feel inferior, depressed, even suicidal. After the socialization session, the event continued with Focus Group Discussion (FGD). The participants of the socialization were divided into 10 groups and each group was guided by a member of the peer educator team of Vocational High School 1 Wonosari.

 translated by Ana Widiawati

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

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:21

Road Show Maturity of Marriage Age

Gunungkidul- Child marriage is one of the issues that threats the rights of children. When they have to marry in early age, they will lose their rights to get an education, get parenting, protection or other rights as written in the Child Protection Act No. 23 of 2002 which has been amended into Child Protection Act No. 35 of 2014. It is also in accordance with what was delivered by Khoirun Ni'mah, as a staff of Rifka Annisa in the Road Show Maturity of Marriage Age at Paliyan district, Gunungkidul regency, on Thursday 27 July 2017. She explained child marriage is often triggered by unhealthy relationships between teenagers that lead to unwanted pregnancy. The event was attended by about 60 people. It was an effort to address the child marriage that still quite high.

           The same thing was also said by Retno from the Women and Community Empowerment Agency (BPPM) of the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY). Retno said that the case of child marriage in Gunungkidul is like an iceberg. It meant unreported cases that much larger and invisible. She added the cases of child marriage has reached 1728 cases in Gunungkidul since 2014. In Special Region of Yogyakarta itself the number of mothers died in giving birth about 49 cases because of the mother was still relatively young (teenagers). In addition the impact of child marriage is decline in the quality of the next generation. Retno also explained that teenagers who have not grown perfectly and are still experiencing the process of development then they are still not ready to give birth and nurture a baby physically, mentally, and spiritually

            Meanwhile, Sabit Mustamil as chairman of the Office of Religious Affairs (KUA) Paliyan said that teenagers have received education and socialization related to the prevention of child marriage both in school and in the community. However, the cases of child marriage in Paliyan district are still recorded 2 points. According to him, the fundamental issues of encouraging child marriage are the parenting pattern, the culture of society, and the economic factors. In addition, Sabit explained that the risks of child marriage; teenagers are susceptible to stress and depression, have social burdens, unfair couples` commitments, and unequal sharing of roles in households.

             Seeing these conditions, Marwatahadi as Paliyan Head of District invites all parties and communities to prevent child marriage in the Paliyan district. The event included the signing of Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) by various parties who attended it. They were the head of district, the village chiefs, the Office of Religious Affairs (KUA), the principals, the Family Welfare Movement (PKK), the police, The Community Police Officer (Bhabinkamtibmas), teenagers, and others.

Author: Ana Widiawati is an internship student from International Relations of Universitas Brawijaya

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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