Women's Empowerment in Indonesia: A Poor Community in Jakarta, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women's Empowerment in Indonesia

A Poor Community in Jakarta, 1st Edition

By Sri Wiyanti Eddyono


186 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email: louise.edwards@unsw.edu.au


Editorial Board:

Hyaeweol Choi (University of Iowa)

Melissa Crouch (University of New South Wales) 

Michele Ford (The University of Sydney)

Trude Jacobsen (Northern Illinois University)

Tanya Jakimow (University of New South Wales)

Lenore Lyons (Independent scholar)

Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)

Anne McLaren (The University of Melbourne)

Mina Roces (University of New South Wales)

Dina Siddiqi (New York University)

Andrea Whittaker (The University of Queensland)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies