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Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative Stakeholder Workshops in Indonesia

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In June and July 2018 our partners of the Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative Project Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice and Solidaritas Perempuan (SP) conducted a total of four workshops in their pilot cities Jakarta and Makassar City, each of which was attended by 20-25 village citizens and representatives of local organisations. The participants discussed the impacts of climate change to their cities and local projects that have already been implemented. For example, North Jakarta locals explained how the construction of dikes influenced fishing possibilities and the harvest of musses, ultimately reducing the possibilities of women to earn money as mussel peelers.

 

Stakesholder Workshop in Cambayya Subdistrict, Makassar City

On June 7th 2018, 20 women, elderly, representatives of dried fish and shredded fish management groups, representatives of the Waste Bank management group, teachers, Kindergarten teachers, Posyandu Cadres, village staffs, and village heads of Cambayya Village, Makassar City gathered to discuss the impact of communities and women in coastal areas. At the start of the workshop the facilitators informed the participants about climate change. The participants were aware of two projects in their city, the Lorong Garden Program and the Waste Bank. However, as the general public was not included in the planning process the link to climate change was not evident for many people. In both projects women are included in the implementation and are struggling with difficulties like lack of water supply to water the plants on the garden project or increased workload for women.

 

Stakeholder Workshop in Buloa Subdistrict, Makassar City

On July 4th 2018, 22 women and 3 men consisting of representatives of village heads, housewives, members of Waste Bank, members of Lorong Garden Program, teachers and hawkers participated in a Workshop in Buloa Subdistrict in Makassar City. The participants discussed several climate actions that are already carried out in the village including the extension of Green Open Space (GOS) in forms of planting on lorong (alley) as part of the Lorong Garden Program, reforestation of mangroves in coastal areas, waste management, protection and conservation of the Tallo river, and income generating. Participants felt that they benefited from some of the programs, e.g. they planted chillies along the alleys in the Lorong Garden Program, but they also felt that the program was not evenly distributed in their district. They also noted that the Waste Bank was not always right in target, offering trainings in a sub-district that did not participate in the program.

 

Stakeholder Workshop in Cilincing Kalibaru, North Jakarta

On June 8th 2018, 25 village women composed of members of Family Welfare Organization (PKK), housewives, traders and fisher women and domestic workers. The participants discussed, among others how the construction of dikes for the Jakarta Bay Project influences the community and especially women. The villagers have not been formally informed about or includes in planning process of the dikes, but they protested the construction before, during and after the construction. The resistance had risen because the dikes were too close to the houses blocking the access to the sea and thereby the livelihood. Boat traffics are hindered, making it more difficult to catch fish and harvest mussels, ultimately reducing the income of women as mussel peelers.

 

Stakeholder Workshop in Rawajati Village, South Jakarta

On July 20th 2018, 25 women, who were representatives of village heads, housewives, Waste Bank managers, and planting managers participated in a workshop in South Jakarta to explore the extent of their understanding about climate change and its impact on people's lives, especially women and other vulnerable groups. The Rawajati villagers have been engaged in greening and are part of the Climate Village Program which is part of Jakarta City’s Regional Action Plan to Reduce GHG Emissions since 2017.Activities included in the Climate Village Program are Biopori (absorption holes), Hydroponics, Waste Banks and Greening. Those activities are mostly carried out by women. Regarding the Waste Bank Program, women see additional benefits for their family's income, but don’t feel any burden to be involved in this Program as it is completely voluntary.

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