by Oxfam Canada | March 29, 2021

Power Up (2017-2020) was a project in Oxfam Canada’s work on women’s transformative leadership. In collaboration with three local partners, we aimed to empower women and girls in Indonesia to take part in local democratic processes and exercise their rights.

Oxfam worked with three partner organizations to implement the project:

  • Konsorsium untuk Studi dan Pengembangan Partisipasi (Konsepsi)
  • Perkumpulan Koslata (Koslata)
  • Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia Daerah Nusa Tenggara Barat (PKBI NTB)

Before Power Up, women were largely excluded from any meaningful participation in West Nusa Tenggara, the province in Indonesia where the Power Up project was based. Despite strong laws designed to empower Indonesia’s citizens to oversee the planning for village development budgets and obtain information from the government, women had been effectively excluded due to patriarchal social norms.

Using technology to gain more information and understanding of the village development planning process, women worked together to become more involved in local decision-making and to ensure that village resources were being invested in women’s rights and needs – particularly related to the region’s extremely high maternal and infant mortality rates. Communities and officials alike identified high-risk pregnancy as a key local health concern that required more attention and investment.

Download our reports to learn more about the impact of this project.

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