Labor

‘Together we are stronger’ – Indonesian women migrant workers

Kabar Bumi, an organization for and by migrant workers and their families, has been at the forefront of migrant women’s struggle in Indonesia.
Abused, exploited, deceived and neglected, that is how migrant workers in Indonesia are treated by their employers and recruitment agencies who confiscate their documents to guarantee they pay placement fees.
Abused, exploited, deceived and neglected, that is how migrant workers in Indonesia are treated by their employers and recruitment agencies who confiscate their documents to guarantee they pay placement fees.

In a community in Cilacap, Central Java in Indonesia, many women were victimized by the confiscation of documents by recruitment agencies. Cilacap is said to be one of the main areas of origin for women migrant workers from Central Java, Indonesia.

In 2020, a feminist participatory action research (FPAR) conducted by Kabar Bumi, an organization of migrant workers and their families, showed that this practice has severely affected returning women migrant workers in Indonesia.

“Without the documents in hand, 85 percent of the interviewees encountered difficulties in their life, such as not being eligible to apply for government welfare and assistance programmes, and inability to register themselves to continue their education or being unable to apply for land certificates,” the research read.