Training on Village Law and SDGs in Kalibawang: The Strategies to Elucidates the SDGs to Rural Women

Kalyanamitra, Kalibawang – One of the activities on the rural women's group facilitation program that runs by Kalyanamitra in the assisting areas is to provide training on the Village Law No. 6/2014 and SDGs. Kalyanamitra has a focus on encouraging the integration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Village Law, especially Goal 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all of all ages, and Goal 5 on gender equality and empowers all women and girls.

To support the achievement of SDGs in 2030, various efforts must be made by various parties. Kalyanamitra through the Community Development division also participated in the effort, one of which was providing capacity building on SDGs to the local government, women cadres, and other stakeholders.

The capacity building organized based on findings in the field related to lack of understanding of SDGs that even hearing the word 'SDGs' were still very rare. Whereas, the ideals of the SDGs are to achieve a better world by accentuating the universal, integrated and inclusive principles to ensure that no one is left behind.

There are three villages in Kalibawang Subdistrict that were given training on Village Law and SDGs, namely Banjararum, Banjarasri, and Banjarharjo. The training conducted in July-September 2019 was focused on women's groups who have been active and involved with Kalyanamitra on women facilitation program in the rural areas. The majority of the participant are women cadres who are active in PKK, Posyandu, PAUD, KWT (Kelompok Wanita Tani/Peasant Women's Group).

Besides introducing SDGs, the training also discussed the importance of implementing the SDGs in programs, policies, and budgets at the village level concerning the Village Law. The importance of integrating SDGs into the Village Law is needed to know by the rural women because both have the same principles, goals, and spirit, which is to ensure that development programs are runs inclusively.

In the village context, the role of women in the development process is very important and essential. Women have the right to participate and contribute to every stage of the development process from planning to decision making. This context emphasized in training to encourage women cadres to have the willingness and ability to be involved in the village development process, to ensure that the programs, policies, and budgets accommodate the needs of women and girls which are usually neglected.

To elucidated SDGs to rural women, the facilitator used a lot of methods to make them easier to understand. For example by using the game method called "Broken Ship" to explain the meanings of ‘no one left behind’. Besides, participants also learned to recognize the problems which are faced by rural women so that they could analyze and related it to the SDGs. The expected outcome of the training is cadres can formulate recommendations in the village development process, especially concerning the interests of women and girls based on their understanding and analysis of the problem findings.

The results of the mapping and analysis of the situation in each village agreed three goals in SDGs that are closely related, namely Goals 2, 3, and 5. Two things focused on the analysis are the indicators of each goal and the APBDes document. Through group discussions, participants discussed and analyze each indicator with the problems in the village, then formulate strategic recommendations to achieve these targets. Besides, participants analyzed the APBDes document and the Village Law to discover opportunities that can be accessed to fulfill the rights of women and girls.

Important notes that gained from the training process in three villages is that SDGs are still new for women's cadres. It is indicated by the response of the participants who mostly did not understand the SDGs. Also, there is lacked information about APBDes so they do not yet know what details are therein. So that's why women have limited access to programs, policies, and budgets in their village.

These two notes are findings for Kalyanamitra to further encourage women's groups to actively participate in village development. Because it's very important to involve women including rural women to achieve the SDGs goals by 2030. In Indonesia, Village Law should maximalize to achieve gender equality and social inclusion in the development process. (fullah/ik) 


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