224 pages | 14 B/W Illus.
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