UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga Woman Study Center (PSW UNAIR) held ‘National Workshop on Gendered-perspective Policy Research Method to Support Women and Children Empowerment Development’, March 17-18, 2016. Held in Kahuripan Hall, UNAIR Management Office, lecturers and researchers of Women Study Centers from many regions in Indonesia attended the workshop.
Prof. Dr. Emy Susanti Hendrarso, MA, the head of the committee, said that the workshop was held in order to encourage researchers in women study center to conduct researches which can support government policy and be published in international journals. As of now, according to Emy’s record, there are about 68 women study centers spread across the country.
“There’s a need from the government to use research results of women study centers to be inputs for their policy. In the future, we must present useful researches which aim for two things, to support government’s policy and be able to be published in international journals,” said the woman who is also the Head of Indonesian Women/Gender and Children Study Center Association(ASWGI).
According to her, the workshop supported by Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection was also useful to improve the capacity of the researchers in women study center which meet challenges to show their existence.
“From its institutional aspect, women study center has a problem. Every university has its own policy regarding the women study center,” added the woman who is a professor of FISIP UNAIR on gender sociology. She said that the existence of women study centers should be reinforced institutionally.
The alumnus of Flinders University also hoped that the workshop can make PSW UNAIR, as the first women study center, contribute more in reinforcing the existence of woman study centers in many regions.
Stella Thei, one of the participants from Universitas Mataram was pleased for attending the workshop. In her opinion, this kind of workshop was important for the inconsistency showed by women study center in many regions in Indonesia.
“We can get more knowledge with other colleagues from all around Indonesia. The point is, research should not be an inventory but should also provide solutions to women’s problems,” she said. The workshop, for a researcher in a women study center like her, was very helpful. (*)
Author : Yeano Andhika