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
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.