Ati, Pekka Village Coordinator, Bangkalan, Madura, East Java
EditorSetiawan, K.M.P.; Beech Jones, B.A.; Diprose, R.; Savirani, A.
Source TitleWomen's Journeys in Driving Change: Women's Collective Action and Village Law Implementation in Indonesia
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne with Universitas Gadjah Mada and MAMPU
AffiliationSchool of Social and Political Sciences
CitationsWardhani, I.S. & Cahyaningrum, A.I. (2020). Ati, Pekka Village Coordinator, Bangkalan, Madura, East Java. In Setiawan, K.M.P. & Beech Jones, B.A. & Diprose, R. & Savirani, A. (Eds.), Women's Journeys in Driving Change: Women's Collective Action and Village Law Implementation in Indonesia (pp. 13-15). University of Melbourne with Universitas Gadjah Mada and MAMPU.
Access StatusOpen Access
Ati's story is part of a peer-reviewed edited volume of women's life stories that draws on detailed ethnographic research of village women's lived experiences and how they, individually and collectively, have taken action to influence village development in Indonesia's multi-level governance structure under the new Village Law in Indonesia. The analysis identifies the processes of women's empowerment, their involvement in grassroots women's collective action, engagement with civil society organisations, and how women influence village institutions, policies, development spending and priorities, and new projects as well as social norms in communities. Ati lives in Bangkalan, East Java where the organisation, PEKKA, works with village women to support female heads of families politically, economically and socially. Ati is at the centre of women's organisations in the village as an organiser of the maternal and child health group (Posyandu), a kindergarten principal, and a leader of the Muslimat Qur'an recitation group (pengajian). As coordinator of her village's Pekka union, Ati has developed her leadership skills to organise groups and help improve access to vital documents which in turn provide access to health, education and government services. Ati's story shows how despite encountering challenges, including difficulty in travelling to activities leading her to step down from her role as village coordinator, with support from her niece, Mita, Ati has been able to revive and grow hamlet-level women's groups. Ati remains committed to providing a space and opportunity for women to meet, save, and share their opinions together.
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