The poverty of indigeneous women Study from Local Wisdom of Dayak Women in West Kalimantan

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The issue of women today is closely related to the issue of poverty. Women who inhabit rural areas in Indonesia cannot be separated from the conditions of life that are poor and completely limited. This paper presents the role of Dayak Mali women in preserving nature and their traditions, even though their lives are still below the poverty line. This paper uses feminist ethnography research methods. Sources of data derived from primary data (interviews and observations) and secondary data from the results of the desk review. Secondary data collection through the collection of reading the results of scientific studies in the form of journal articles, policy papers and data from line ministries and institutions. Indigenous women in Indonesia, in general, face not only cultural and structural poverty but also multidimensional poverty, where there are indicators such as; social dimensions, education, health, and quality of life that are not accessible to women. On Dayak Mali women still maintain traditions such as; feed the soil, forests and plants, and animals. Then the ritual excuse to nature before opening the land to farm, before building a house, and after harvesting rice. This tradition shows that the close life between humans and nature is still intertwined. This means that the ecological and women's traditions have existed for hundreds of years in the Dayak Mali Dayak in West Kalimantan.


Poverty, Indigenous Women, Gender, Local Wisdom

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