Hj. Nisa, Head of the La Tansa Migrant Worker Observer Group, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
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
CitationsRahayu, M. & Abheseka, N.M.R. (2020). Hj. Nisa, Head of the La Tansa Migrant Worker Observer Group, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. 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. 44-46). University of Melbourne with Universitas Gadjah Mada and MAMPU.
Access StatusOpen Access
Hj. Nisa'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. Hj. Nisa is the head of the La Tansa Migrant Worker Observer group, which she established with thirty other former women migrant workers, with the support of Villages that Care for Migrant Workers (DESBUMI) and the Panca Karsa Association Mataram (PPK), the local partner of Migrant CARE. The La Tansa group provides a space to share information and helps former migrant workers establish livelihoods from activities like crafts and making traditional cakes. As well as developing their livelihood skills and saving together, Hj. Nisa and other La Tansa members often discuss and share their experiences of being women migrant workers, including Nisa's own experiences working in Saudi Arabia. Sharing these experiences means that people, especially women, become aware of how to safely engage in migrant work. Nisa hopes she can continue to help the DESBUMI assist migrant workers who experience injustice, violence and other migration problems. Through their networks and social media, Nisa and other La Tansa members gather reports about villagers overseas and pass them on to DESBUMI who then offer assistance.
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