IESR was in corporation with Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection of Indonesia (KPPPA), conducted an initial study on gender mainstreaming in energy sector, particularly on renewable energy. The FGD was conducted on October 3rd 2016, located in Grand Mercure Hotel, Harmoni, Central Jakarta. In the discussion, IESR presented the progress of its study, collected inputs from MCAI, HIVOS, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (NREEE), several civil society organizations and National Agency on Development and Planning (Bappenas).
There were several issues emerged from the discussion:
- Access to information that is provided for the community, in particular women, should not be limited to one-way socialization-type only.
- The technology that is used to provide information should be used by women easily. Having information only available on the website, most of the time is not the best solution to increase women’s access to information.
- Women participation becomes difficult, if available information is not enough for women to understand the issue. A room for women to participate must be created, for them to comfortably share their opinion on one issue.
- Related to renewable energy technology. At this moment, renewable energy technology is perceived as not-women friendly, due to the fact that women are not involved from planning and implementation of renewable energy projects. Women, in particular, were not provided by proper training related to the technology that they will use.
- Renewable energy developers, in general, have not yet seen the relevancy of gender issue to the renewable energy itself. For developers, the most important thing is the business opportunity that renewable energy caused for them. In the discussion related to DAK (Special Allocation Fund) for 2017, has not yet touched this issue, only technical aspects. However, if developers are introduced with this concept, then they are willing to fulfill it, as it may reduce their cost of operation.
- Providing technology that is easy for women, can be met by developers. In general, technology development will be determined by available requests.
- The discussion was also touched upon the issue of biogas technology that is powered by waste. The technology should be designed women-friendly, that they can use it easily. Moreover, women are the one who responsible to domestic household waste.
- The understanding of gender issues is important to ensure at all level.