Project profile — Be at the Forefront for Women's Empowerment (BFEM)


Perserikatan Solidaritas Perempuan
2019-09-06 - 2023-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Indonesia (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to increase human rights privileges enjoyed by women and girls and the advancement of gender equality in Indonesia. This project promotes and develops feminist leadership and women’s political participation across various sectors, notably climate change, natural resources management, and land tenure/ownership rights. This project focuses on strengthening and expanding the feminist movement in Indonesia to promote women’s rights and strengthen the protection of these rights. This project also reinforces networking and alliance building within the Indonesian women’s rights movement and other social movements in the country, including Hivos Southeast Asia, JASS and the PEKKA Foundation. This project improves women’s control over their lives and access to livelihoods and reduces injustices and discrimination against them. Project activities include: (1) building the capacity of seven selected branches (out of 12) of the project partner working in these seven provinces: Aceh, Central Kalimantan, DKI Jakarta, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara and Yogyakarta; (2) strengthening their operations through training, awareness-raising, research and advocacy in local communities and local government officials; (3) facilitating dialogue and events to raise awareness of local government and other stakeholders, including media, journalists, youth groups and civil society, to advance women’s rights on gender equality and equity; (4) organizing collaborative events with women’s organizations, women leaders and movements from grassroots to national levels; and (5) formulating policy advocacy documents by the national secretariat and partner branches on strengthening the women’s movement and gender equality. The project works with approximately 3,200 women, including 300 women leaders and 700 marginalized women (including peasant women, fisherwomen, indigenous women and women migrant workers), to strengthen and expand the movement in pushing and promoting women’s rights.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of local women’s rights organizations in Indonesia, particularly those representing vulnerable and 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 in addressing discriminatory beliefs and harmful practices in Indonesia.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) contributed to improving organizational management and project implementation of 34 Solidaritas Perempuan (women’s solidarity organization) board and staff members; (2) contributed to 203 women leaders at grassroots actively participating in decision-making forums in the village—up from 127 women leaders in 2020; (3) trained 852 women at grassroots level who reported increased knowledge of gender equality and gender equity—up from 537 women in 2020; (4) Increased number of women voice to 378 to discuss GE issues in their communities and public spaces compared to 297 in 2020; (5) contributed to the participation of 755 women grassroots in 204 learning activities at village level—up from 640 women in 2020; (6) contributed to 4000 people (2540 women) from organizational networks and alliances promoting gender equality through online and offline media—up from 2500 people (1050 women) in 2020; (7) contributed to 46 organizations collaborating with Solidaritas Perempuan for the promotion of gender equality at the village and district level—up from 42 in 2020; and (8) contributed to the participation of 3950 state and non-state actors (1825 women) in project events to promote gender equality—up from 3250 (1300 women) in 2020.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
15-06-2023 Disbursement $78,516
14-02-2024 Disbursement $60,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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