Political Participation of the Women Factory Workers in the 2015 Bandung Regency Election

Sri Intan Rejeki(1*), Fathan Tibyan Rahman(2)

(1) Linggar Village Office, Bandung Regency, Indonesia
(2) Universitas Islam Bandung, Indonesia
(*) Corresponding Author


Women workers are part of Indonesian society and have rights and obligations, including political participation as other citizens. PT. Kahatex female workers in Linggar Village have busy lives because they have multiple roles: industrial workers and housewives. The dual role experienced by them is not a reason to continue to participate politically in the 2015 Bandung Regency Regional Head Election (Pilkada). This research aims to find out issues related to the political participation of women workers at PT. Kahatex in the Pilkada activities of Bandung Regency in 2015, namely: what are the forms and types of women workers' political participation, the factors driving and inhibiting women workers' political participation, and what efforts were made by PPK, PPS, and KPPS in increasing interest in participation women's labor policy. The method used in this study is a descriptive method, where the data is obtained from observations from the results of in-depth interviews with female workers at PT. Kahatex in Linggar Village with the technique of determining informants through snowball sampling, namely a sampling technique with specific considerations, and supported by literature studies. The findings in the field show that there is a form of political participation of female workers at PT. Kahatex, in the 2015 Bandung Regency Regional Elections, was voting, becoming a labor organization member, and listening to political news on television. The motivating factor for women workers to continue participating in the encouragement from their husbands and the company that permitted them.


Citizenship; Social inclusion; Indonesian local election; Urban sociology; Women Studies.

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