SETAPAK partners are working with civil society and government to support initiatives that expand women’s partcipation in the policy making process, increase the representation of women, ensure equitable budget allocations, and raise awareness of gender issues to secure women’s rights. Forest resources are important to the livelihoods of many Indonesians living in poverty, particularly women who are often dependent on common property.

The SETAPAK program is supporting its CSO partners to adopt a gender sensitive, or gender responsive approach in their work to ensure that the most vulnerable groups worst affected by the environmental damage from forest and land use changes are supported to ensure their voices are heard, and that their gendered needs are factored into decision making processes. A gender-responsive approach ensures that all program activities, strategies and outcomes to improve forest and land governance equally contribute to gender justice. It means considering the differing needs, priorities and lived experiences of women and men must be recognised and adequately considered in the design and implementation of initiatives to enhance forest and land governance.