WOMEN, EMPOWERMENT AND AFIRMATION STRATEGIES
Woman empowerment is the process of establishing women as social subjects who can rise and work due to their own abilities and the assistance of their surroundings. There have been efforts to empower women, but they have not generated significant outcomes. Indicators such as the Female Labor Force Participation Rate, the average duration of education, the contribution of women to family income, and the percentage of women who are still disenfranchised at the grassroots level demonstrate this. This research aims to to reveal the woman empowerment, particularly impoverished and marginalized women. Descriptive qualitative research paired with secondary data is employed. A questionnaire with 175 samples, in-depth interviews, and Focus Group Discussions were utilized to collect data. The triangulation method, data source, and theory were employed for data analysis. The results of the study indicate that the local government's effort to empower women has not produced substantial effects. Empowerment still has not found a clear concept. For this reason, an affirmation approach is required, particularly how to build woman empowerment from within, as well as how to offer up places for involvement so that women in an undeveloped community no longer face impediments.
empowerment, women, marginalization, vulnerability, poverty, affirmation, strategy