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  • Grant

    Empowerment Grant

  • Target Groups

    • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence
    • Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.

    Impact Themes

    • Increased Access to Resources and Employment
    • Improved Access to Social Services, Health and Education
    • Space for political participation
  • Lead organisation

    Amount Funded

    25,000 EURO

    Project Duration

    01 Mar 2018 - 28 Feb 2019


  • Organisation

    Yayasan Annisa Swasti (YASANTI) is the first women NGO in Indonesia, working to empower women workers for their rights through formal and cultural ways. Since its establishment in 1982, YASANTI has been engaged with Indonesian women and workers movements. YASANTI has been experiencing struggle under various political conditions which gives different challenges and opportunities. Under such conditions, YASANTI consistently works to stand for women’s rights. YASANTI’s principles are to promote equality, respect differences by understanding plurality and heterogeneity of communities. Their vision is to establish the formation of self-help women particularly women workers for their economy, socio-cultural and political condition.

  • Project

    The project aims to empower Buruh Gendong (BG) or women porters in four traditional markets. The women carry shoppers’ goods, load and unload cargo to and from trucks, or transfer items between big traders. They carry between 5kg to more than 100kg over their back and shoulders. The profession is culturally and socially accepted, providing income to hundreds of women who have low education, no skills, and no working experience. Their status however is moving between being visible and non-visible with the modernisation of the traditional markets. Shoppers demand for their labour but neither market management nor labour unions recognise them. As a result, porters are not organised and receive only meager incomes.

    The project provides a series of training activity through a new BG Leaders School to enhance their advocacy and leadership skills. These activities empower them to bargain with management to recognise their existence, to demand meeting spaces, and to gain free toilet usage. Training materials also cover gender equality, assertiveness, bargaining strategies, and communications. Modules and methods are designed to be interactive and participatory. Discussion and practice sessions are conducted after each training to ensure effective understanding and learning.


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