Perkumpulan Serumpun (hereafter referred as Serumpun) was established on 27 August 2014 in Balikpapan based on Decree of Minister of Law and Human Right no. AHU-004220.127.116.114. The creation was initiated by several women activist (Yulita Lestiawati, Agustina, Friska, Sonia, Dwi P, Aida Rahmah, and Rahmina) with the objective to bring forward the situation and condition of women discrimination in Borneo. The women in Borneo experience various difficulties to have just access on economy, health and education. The activist members from various backgrounds bring their professional experiences particularly on the environment and human right fields to construct the organization long term vision of achieving gender equality and justice in the sustainable development.
Serumpun is a non-governmental association managed by local activist who are engaged to the women and children empowerment activities. The initiative to form an association to empower women and children was taken to respond the particular problems of local women in the society as the followings:
â€¢ The local society perceive the legal measure for domestic violence is a social and cultural disgrace
â€¢ Womenâ€™s lack access to information and knowledge on the natural resource management constraints women to access and control to the natural resources management
â€¢ The unwell organized SME (small business entrepreneur-ship) and community based groups due to lack of accompaniment. Whereas the need to increase the economic income is high due to the high living cost in Balikpapan City
The association focuses their intervention on women and children empowerment, gender-responsive policy review, and advocacy. Their missions are:
â€¢ To educate and to encourage the gender roles on social, economic, and politics
â€¢ To improve the women awareness in order to achieve the equality and justice
â€¢ To build the women capacity on health, education, economic, and environment
â€¢ To encourage the women participation at public action
Since its creation, the association accompanies continuously the women and indigenous community in two areas in East Kalimantan province. By far, the organization does not implement the projects with donorâ€™s supports. This is related to the limited skills of the association committee to design a project then to develop it into donorâ€™s standard proposal documents.
Since its creation in 2014, the members actively accompany the women and indigenous group through:
â€¢ Continuous accompaniment of women who are the victim of domestic violence cases in Balikpapan. The association members provide legal consultation and conduct regular visit to the abused women.
â€¢ Continuous accompaniment of Paser indigenous community group (Masyarakat Adat Paser) on sustainable forest management in Muara Ande Village, Paser District. The concrete activities are assisting the community group to design projects which could support the forest sustainable management and conservation in the village.
For the time being, Serumpun accompany 3 women for domestic violence cases in Balikpapan.
In Muara Ande village, the beneficiaries are all the village population of about 300 people.
The entire budget for the activities (mostly for accompaniment, for transportation, and meetings) are paid by the memberâ€™s contribution. However, the association needs more financial supports to develop the program.
Serumpun has some partners in term of coordination, supporting to strengthen capacities and broader network such as DDPI (Provincial Council of Climate Change), Yayasan Prakarsa Borneo, also TNC â€“ that a staff of Serumpun has got trained SIGAP from TNC.
The intervention area of Serumpun includes:
1. Balikpapan city for domestic violence accompaniment,
2. Balikpapan city for women group around coastal and marine area
3. Muara Ande Village, Paser District for forest sustainable management accompaniment