Project profile — Women's Voice and Leadership - Indonesia - Hivos and JASS

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Women's Voice and Leadership - Indonesia - Hivos and JASS - Overview
Hivos (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011196)
2019-03-19 - 2022-12-31
Country / region • Indonesia (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Women's rights organizations and movements (15171) (100.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (principal objective)
• Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) (not targeted)
Description and results


This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organizations and networks that are working to promote women’s rights, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting activities, building institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s rights and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The Program also responds to the globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project is being implemented by the Dutch international non-governmental organization, Hivos. Hivos’ Southeast Asia office (Hivos SEA) is working in partnership with Just Associates Southeast Asia (JASS SEA) to directly fund five national Indonesian women’s rights organizations (WROs) focused on inclusive religious discourse to ensure space for women’s social, political and legal rights. In turn, these five WROs are working through and across their memberships to support at least 69 local WROs in 58 districts of at least seven provinces across Java, and in Sulawesi and Kalimantan.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of local women’s rights organizations in Indonesia representing vulnerable or marginalized women and girls; (2) enhanced performance of women’s rights organizations’ programming and advocacy to advance gender equality and empower women and girls in Indonesia; and (3) increased effectiveness of national and sub-national women’s rights platforms, networks and alliances in advocating for gender equality and addressing discriminatory beliefs and harmful practices to affect policy, legal and social change in Indonesia.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of (March 2020) include: (1) identified required institutional improvements to the women’s rights organizations (WROs), and their capacity to support joint program management with their local partner women’s organizations/communities. The baseline study provided a detailed examination of the WROs’ existing capacity and identified needs/gaps regarding organizational and program management; (2) identified several capacity gaps related to political accompaniment and movement building to strengthen partner WROs. These include strengthening movement building, leadership capacity and collective power. This enabled the project’s positioning as a joint learning forum to support collective power and the leadership that guides and sustains it. Each WRO has experiences that provided lessons and insights capable of producing and reinforcing essential knowledge for strengthening capacities, strategies and influence; (3)the project will focus on opportunities for sharing and deepening such knowledge, specifically by: (a) incorporating gender equality into Islamic discourse and studies and integrating a more gender-sensitive perspective into Islamic materials; (b) strengthening community organizing skills and capacities and building women's collective and safe spaces at the community level; (c) conducting joint campaigns on broader issues; (d) linking partners and alliances in the community and encouraging the development of common action agendas; and (e) sharing resource in capacity building activities; (4) the assessment highlighted a need in terms of introducing and/or strengthening of the feminist methodology and development or strengthening of communications strategies for the WROs, including the development of institutional sustainability plans that would enable Just Associated (JASS) and Hivos accompany the WROs partners to develop a fundraising strategy.



Original budget $1,170,000
Planned Disbursement $974,585
Transaction Date Type Value
01-04-2021 Disbursement $707,164
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