The end of the year becomes a valuable opportunity for every organization to reflect, evaluate and see what the achievements have done over the past year. Likewise Hivos, as an organization engaged in humanitarian issues, especially the use of renewable energy, at the end of 2017, is also doing End of Year Reflection of Gender Mainstreaming Facilitator in Renewable Energy and Unify the Way Forward. On this occasion the Gender Mainstreaming Facilitator can self-evaluate and see the achievements and changes that can be seen from the beneficiaries through the TERANG project. In addition, this activity also serves to see what potential activities can be done in the coming years. A reflection meeting was held at the Mercure Hotel, Sabang on December 11-13, 2017, participated by the TERANG project’s gender facilitators in NTB and NTT, employees of the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MOWECP), Biogas Rumah (BIRU) team, Sumba Iconic Island (SII) team and a member of Strategic Partnership Green Energy (who joined on December 12 and 13, 2017). Present as a facilitator in this activity is Intan Damayanti, gender consultant specialist for Hivos. End of Year Reflection This Gender Mainstreaming Facilitator is a joint forum of all gender facilitators as well as some of TERANG project partners to reflect individuals and organizations in achieving a commonly defined mission vision.
On the first day of this reflection activity discusses changes of individuals and organizations after training and facilitation sessions. These gender facilitators report a lot of changes both experienced by themselves as a facilitator and also by trainees who are also beneficiaries of the TERANG project. Some of the most common examples of facilitators are the ability to appreciate trainees while conducting the facilitation process and there is also a change in the ability to carry out gender equality perspectives internally within the family. As these gender facilitators provide much training in the areas of vision planning and gender equality, many of them have better ability to plan and expand business. Not infrequently also many women have the ability to speak out in public and decide what their needs are due to the growth of greater confidence. Good change is not only experienced by female facilitators and participants. Men also recognize that they have begun to share housework with their wives like washing clothes and sweeping. They also no longer depend on the wife to prepare breakfast, even admitted by some families that the division of responsibilities of domestic work has been implanted to the children so they get used to since childhood.
Based on the report from each facilitator, the improvement of living standard also occurs in the trainees who are also beneficiaries of the TERANG project. This increase in living standards is indeed included in the vision journey that was initially identified at the beginning of the training. Examples include increasing the number of livestock owned, the number of saving, the increase of income, the increase of children’s learning time directly related to the achievement of good test scores, as well as increased capacity in using electronic devices such as computers and infocus. All of these achievements have been measured using the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) method. An inclusive method that identifies the vision of each individual in the household by involving his partner and integrating gender equity and gender concepts throughout his methodology. For more related to this method, please click here (http://www.galsatscale.net/_documents/GALSatScale0overviewCoffee.pdf).
On the second and third day, the external participants were present, such as Mrs. Ratna Susianawati from the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MOWECP), and five partners from Strategic Partnership Green Energy Hivos SEA. Many of them are interested in this meeting and hear the achievement and improvement of living standards that are also gender equitable. Ibu Ratna Susianawati, Assistant Deputy for Infrastructure and Environment, MOWECP, said that GALS Method is a responsive method of gender equality. Through this method the potential of human resources can be built and ultimately mated to the natural resources, which in this context is energy. When talking about limited access to energy, MOWECP views women and children as vulnerable to this situation. This limitation will make women unable to be independent. If the inclusiveness of access to energy becomes real, then women will become more independent. This can be attributed to the attainment of living standards experienced by women through the existence of the TERANG project. Many Sumbanese women are already able to make their own money because they have more time to weave.
During the three-day process, participants expect the emergence of learning at the national level. Many gender facilitators have already engaged with other partners outside the Hivos organization. Network already visible, but the relationship between the network is still not strong. This can be a record for the participants for the future. Judging from the theme of this meeting, that is knowledge and policy, it has been agreed that more intensive and intensive information mobilization is needed because of the lack of dissemination of these two things to the government and the general public. (VD)