Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Gender, Culture and Society, ICGCS 2021, 30-31 August 2021, Padang, Indonesia

Research Article

Life Survival Strategies of Women in Urban Poor Households

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.30-8-2021.2316296,
        author={Sri Endang Kornita and Dahlan  Tampubolon and Ufira  Isbah and Yelly  Zamaya},
        title={Life Survival Strategies of Women in Urban Poor Households},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Gender, Culture and Society, ICGCS 2021, 30-31 August 2021, Padang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICGCS},
        year={2022},
        month={4},
        keywords={women poor urban survival strategy},
        doi={10.4108/eai.30-8-2021.2316296}
    }
    
  • Sri Endang Kornita
    Dahlan Tampubolon
    Ufira Isbah
    Yelly Zamaya
    Year: 2022
    Life Survival Strategies of Women in Urban Poor Households
    ICGCS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.30-8-2021.2316296
Sri Endang Kornita1,*, Dahlan Tampubolon2, Ufira Isbah1, Yelly Zamaya1
  • 1: Department of Economic, Faculty of Economy and Bussiness, Universitas Riau, Indonesia
  • 2: Department of Economic, Faculty of Economy and Bussiness, Universitas Riau
*Contact email: sri.endangkornita@lecturer.unri.ac.id

Abstract

Pekanbaru as the capital of Riau Province is one of the rapidly progressing cities. However, the city still has the problem of urban poverty. Although the poverty rate of Pekanbaru City is relatively low, poverty is a complex development problem. Meranti Pandak, as one of the sub-districts in Rumbai Pesisir District, is also still experiencing the problem of urban poverty. Natural conditions of Siak Riverbanks often experience flooding due to environmental damage. The purpose of this study was to analyze the characteristics of the poor in Meranti Pandak Sub-district, Rumbai Pesisir District, the role of women in poor households in the Life Survival Strategy, and the trend of gender equality in economic activity in poor households. The results show that the role of women in survival strategies in poor households is through debt and sufficiency, regulating the structure of consumption/dietary patterns, developing the economy/subsistence production, relying on government and generous assistance (especially during floods during the rainy season), and trade in the micro-scale informal sector. With regard to gender equality in urban poor households, the poorer the household, the wider the inequality and the smaller the role of women in family economic control.