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Lembaga Santunan Masyarakat
(Community Help Institute)


Head office:
Perumahan Griya Dramaga Asri Blok H2 No. 19
Cibanteng, Ciampea, Bogor, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Mobile +62895355210113
Email: hikmaula@lsm.or.id
Website: www.lsm.or.id








LSM was formed in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, in April 8, 2016 by 17 women’s leaders comprising the activists of female human rights, leaders of indigenous peoples and indigenous women, social observers, academicians, and other leaders of women’s groups who shared their concern about extreme and chronic poverty which mostly hits women in all parts of this country.

Although from year to year the government has successfully decreased the poverty but it is merely a statistical matter. In reality the number of women, compared to men, suffering from extreme and chronic poverty – and consequent incidences of hunger – is increasing and terrifying.

So far the academicians and policymakers recognize three types of poverty facing humanity, namely:

Natural poverty that occurs due primarily to nature degradations – usually triggered by anthropogenic factors – so the associated natural ecosystems increasingly fail to function as the life support systems for local communities.

Cultural poverty that occurs due primarily to the belief or vision embraced by local communities – mostly indigenous peoples – that pursuing economic benefits is not a priority or it is even stigmatized as a bad deed.

Structural poverty that occurs due primarily to the weakness of public policy pertaining to poverty or lack of governmental concern about the poor.

Among these three categories of poverty, the severest and most challenging one is the structural poverty, followed by the cultural and natural poverties.

In Indonesia, just like in almost all the poor and developing countries around the world, so called feminization of poverty has been in place since many decades. That is an inevitable situation in which women are the easiest and severest group hit by all the three types of poverty at all levels.

In poor households, especially those led by women, each woman is fully responsible in making both ends meet to ensure that the inadequate income has to be adequate to satisfy the basic needs of all her family members. At the same time, the needs are increasingly difficult to fulfill primarily because of the governmental failure in controlling the rocketing prices as well as in providing proper jobs for women.

In performing her heavy reproductive tasks, besides being unpaid, each woman also has to sacrifice her personal needs for the sake of her family members especially her children.

Even worse, the poverty – and associated hunger – is apparently a locomotive which is inseparable from the coaches of other human sufferings that mostly hit women’s groups such as human trafficking including domestic slavery, violence by family members, rape, oppression, and other forms of violence against women with escalating cases.

Principally, all those violent types constitutes real abuses against women’s human rights by the policymakers who ought to ensure that each woman is able to fully enjoy her rights.

Stopping the locomotive, therefore, represents as the most strategic step in order to respect, fulfill, and protect women’s human rights especially their economic rights.









Updated: January 7, 2019