A Community-based Leadership Training was conducted on 4th of October 2017 in Banten Province in Indonesia under the facilitation of organization RMI.
The event was conducted involving 32 women and 20 men in indigenous community (or adat community – as it is called-namely Kasepuhan Karang) located in Lebak Regency, Banten Province. The objective of the event was held was:
– To strengthen the community understanding in women’s role and rights in relations with the natural resources governance
– To strengthen the role of management of the cooperative planned by the community.
The understanding of the role of women grass-root leadership was not only strengthened through theoretical aspect of training but the event eventually witnessed the win of the basic ideology of women’s leadership through the decisions taken in the process.
As an outcome of the training, the community agreed to choose all women on the cooperative managerial position. 5 women were elected as the head of the cooperative, 2 treasurers (1 accountant and 1 cashier), secretary and vice head of the cooperative. This is the first women-led cooperative that would exist in Kasepuhan communities, which consists of 522 communities in Lebak Regency.
This cooperative’s main task is to provide loan for the community members whose agro-forestry garden is located in their newly-launched customary forest, after decades of struggle against st-claim of the state that it was a state forest. Together with RMI, this management team of the cooperative will prepare the cooperative’s statutory that will be inclusive to women.