Indonesia (Timor Leste) – Gender Equality: I go for it!

The core part of the event will consist of three panel discussions where GIZ’s commitment to gender in the field of climate change, governance and economic empowerment will be discussed. Here, we will focus on the experiences of GIZ managers as well as officers they have gained in terms of planning and implementing gender-related activities in their particular project or program area in Indonesia and Timor Leste. A short movie about gender sensitive ECOMAPPING will open the discussion. Apart from success stories, challenges and needs, which have been identified throughout the project circle, will be addressed. Furthermore, in a separate panel representatives from well-known Civil Society Organisations will present and discuss their current approaches towards achieving gender equality. It is expected that these narratives will contribute to increase knowledge on gender in development and inspire for new ideas and activities.

Last but not least, the event will be enriched by the presence of several local artists, who will recite poetry and perform traditional dances.

In order to provide the opportunity for networking and to strengthen the visibility of GIZ’s gender commitment the event will be open for external audiences.

When? 5th of March 2015, 14.00 – 19.00

IMPRESSIONS OF THE EVENT AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

This year again, GIZ Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN took actively part in the company-wide Gender Week. On the 5th of March, a special event, titled “Gender Equality: I go for it!” has been conducted by the gender working group at the Goethe Institute in Menteng, Jakarta. As the event was open to external audiences, it has been visited not only by GIZ employees but also by representatives of partner institutions, donors, research institutes and NGOs.

The event has been opened by the country director Mr. Ulrich Mohr and gender working group members. The core part of the event consisted of several panel discussions where GIZ’s commitment to gender in the field of climate change, governance and economic empowerment has been discussed. Here, the focus was on the experiences of GIZ managers as well as officers, which they have gained in terms of planning and implementing gender-related activities in their respective project or program area in Indonesia and Timor Leste. The discussions, which have been moderated by members of the gender working group, turned on the technical themes, presented by the panellists but involved also questions about management support for gender work and the specific needs of the particular projects.

A short movie about gender sensitive ECOMAPPING© opened the first round of discussion. Furthermore, in a separate panel representatives from well-known Civil Society Organisations presented and discussed their working areas and current approaches towards achieving gender equality.

One of the highlights of the event was a series of sketches with the two protagonists Mr. Budi and Ms. Aisha, who were acting as an Indonesian couple, which disputed about gender issues. In the beginning, Mr. Budi was very conservative and did not allow his wife to work, although she graduated from technical engineering. However, during the event Mr. Budi has received so much of enlightening input about gender issues that he successively transformed to a gender equality-supporting activist.

Very well received by the audience has been also the newly-launched animation video “Why is there gender inequality”, an educational product of the gender working group. Last but not least, the event has been enriched by the presence of Zubaideh Djohar, a feminist artist, who recited poems and performed a traditional dance from Minangkabau as well as the group of the West Kalimantan Art Centre, which presented the “Hornbill dance”, that is thematically related to the issue of climate change.

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