Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Gender Equality and Ecological Justice, GE2J 2019, 10-11 July 2019, Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

A FEMINIST ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY FOR CROSS-COUNTRY MIGRATION

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.10-7-2019.2298890,
        author={Titiek Kartika Hendrastiti and Sulistyowati Irianto and Arianti Ina Restiani Hunga},
        title={A FEMINIST ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY FOR CROSS-COUNTRY MIGRATION},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Gender Equality and Ecological Justice, GE2J 2019, 10-11 July 2019, Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={GE2J},
        year={2020},
        month={8},
        keywords={ethnography feminist cross-country migration female migrant worker migration policy},
        doi={10.4108/eai.10-7-2019.2298890}
    }
    
  • Titiek Kartika Hendrastiti
    Sulistyowati Irianto
    Arianti Ina Restiani Hunga
    Year: 2020
    A FEMINIST ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY FOR CROSS-COUNTRY MIGRATION
    GE2J
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.10-7-2019.2298890
Titiek Kartika Hendrastiti1,*, Sulistyowati Irianto2, Arianti Ina Restiani Hunga3
  • 1: University of Bengkulu
  • 2: University of Indonesia
  • 3: Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana
*Contact email: titiek_kartika@yahoo.com

Abstract

This article is written based on the experience of conducting a feminist ethnographic research method for the study of Indonesian domestic workers in the UAE between 2009-2011. The study is a longitudinal study, where female migrant workers are traced from the origin to the destination in the UAE. The results of the study show many hidden issues about the deterioration of women migrant workers. Venue of their work location, in particular, becomes their fundamental problem. The policy of the destination country is also difficult to reach and intervene in case of employer-labour conflict. By using the method of circle of life, dioramas, in-depth interviews, and focus group discussions, the feminist ethnographic study found the root of the problem; it has found the social, economic, legal, and policy linkages that shape the framework of migrants' deterioration. The methods of the study proved to give women migrant workers space to describe the phenomena of their migration, the actors involved in the journey, and the unclear contract framework.