Lived Experience. Knowledge. Insights
InteGRAL is a gender focused research and advisory firm based in the Global South, specifically, India and Indonesia. We use research to build evidence and draw attention to gender, which has a critical influence on available choices and life outcomes of people. We assist organizations who foreground gender and also those who would like to make their programs more gender sensitive. We combine our lived experiences, theoretical knowledge, professional skill and feminist values to create a more socially just world.
Collaboration with Sasakawa Peace Foundation on masculinity and peacebuilding in Asia
In May 2021 we will start our research collaboration with The Sasakawa Peace Foundation to explore the interplay between masculinity, gender equality, and peacebuilding within the Asian context. We refer to the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 which acknowledges women’s contributions to peace and security. This research aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of engaging both women and men in the socio-economic and political process of post-conflict societies, providing a new perspective on ongoing discussions on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.
For more information about their peacebuilding programme, visit their link below.
Article 'COVID-19, food insecurity and the resilience of indigenous women in Indonesia' published in The New Mandala
A piece co-authored by Rizki Amalia Affiat and Muntaza on the notion of social reproduction as a site of struggle for the indigenous women in Indonesia. As indigenous women play a pivotal role in providing food amid the pandemic, their living space is also under a constant threat of dispossession.
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At InteGRAL we research, advocate and share lessons on women’s intersectional experience in the Global South. Our findings are disseminated for wider use by both expert and non-expert audiences with a view to influence conversations around gender. Our approach is feminist, mixed method, and intersectional.
We acknowledge that different power relations jointly affect one another, and in the case of women, multiple elements of patriarchy, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and citizenship status, to name a few could impinge on their agency and empowerment. We strive to combine our multidisciplinary perspectives to create transformational ideas, programs, and activities to encourage solidarity and partnership between Global North/South based on equal terms. We find ways to empower women to become agents of their own negotiation, resistance and liberation.
We research themes particularly around gender and education, public health, work/labour, political participation, post-conflict development and environment. We highlight the intersectional aspects such as class, gender identities, race, ethnicity, and religion intertwined with other wider spectrum of women issues which serve as barriers to gender equality. We undertake research for organizations to help them better their initiatives or gain a deeper understanding of their contexts.
We use our research to engage with decision makers, government agencies, NGOs and other organizations to advocate a change process in organizational cultures and policy to advance gender equity. We leverage our experience working with diverse leaders and activists to effect behaviour change. We design and implement programs, events and communication products for campaign, outreach and dissemination to reach multiple stakeholders.
Our work aims to foster knowledge about gender in wide learner audiences. Our teaching backgrounds orient us towards sharing our findings in engaging ways. We are happy to work with teacher training, leadership development programmes, sensitizing programme teams or even organizational leaders on gender power relations.
The InteGRAL Team consists of Fiona Vaz, Peny Rahmadhani, and Rizki Amalia Affiat. They have worked with diverse organisations like Generation, Global Citizen Academy, Crisis Management Initiatives, East Bali Poverty Project, Teach For India and Malaysia, Asia Justice and Rights, and so forth. The team is based in India and Indonesia with prior work experience in various countries. All on the current team had the opportunity to pursue a foreign education because of the Chevening Scholarship.
Bridging the gaps in sexuality education
The broad psycho-social dimension encompassing sexual and reproductive health issues has complicated the coordination between international and national responses. We need to consider broad issues under the sexual and reproductive health constructs along with their sensitive nature, the intersection of human rights, gender diversity and effective pedagogy along with other social, political, economic and cultural challenges. These frameworks will provide a useful tool to create a synergy in cross-regional approaches among the broad array of stakeholders- who have different cultural and political ideologies as well as different areas of priorities.