1st Edition

Women's Empowerment in Indonesia A Poor Community in Jakarta

By Sri Wiyanti Eddyono Copyright 2019
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The idea that development projects in poor countries are most effective when they harness the agency of women is a well known theme. Most studies of women’s agency in such projects, however, focus on the role of non-governmental organizations in facilitating women’s agency. This book, on the other hand, based on extensive original research, explores how women can effectively mobilize themselves on their own initiative. The book considers poor people in informal settlements in Jakarta, where government schemes for modernizing the city have often led to forced evictions. The book examines different groups of women, analyzes how they have challenged oppressive authority - their husbands, community leaders and local governments - and provides detailed insights into women’s attitudes and what has motivated them. Overall, the book provides a rich picture of women’s empowerment and disempowerment.

    Chapter 1, Introduction

    Chapter 2, Revisit the theory of women’s empowerment

    Chapter 3, Women and everyday life in Kampung Rawa Informal Settlement, West Jakarta

    Chapter 4, Women’s agency and their perceptions of the threat of eviction

    Chapter 5, Government contributions to women’s empowerment and disempowerment

    Chapter 6, The role of NGOs in women’s empowerment

    Chapter 7, The significance of leadership in women’s efforts to combat eviction

    Chapter 8, Concluding remark: women’s empowerment and disempowerment in Kampung Rawa


    Sri Wiyanti Eddyono is a lecturer and the Director of the Law, Gender and Society Research Centre, Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She is a Collaborating Researcher for Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre, Monash University. She completed her doctorate at Monash University, Australia.