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Women’s empowerment to alleviate poverty in coastal zones: a case study of fisherwomen in Pacitan, Indonesia

Indah Susilowati (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Indonesia)
Izza Mafruhah (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia)

International Journal of Ethics and Systems

ISSN: 2514-9369

Article publication date: 2 May 2022

Issue publication date: 5 January 2023




The purpose of this study is to identify problems that affect the empowerment of fisherwomen and to analyze the role of stakeholders in the process of empowering fisherwomen.


This study was a case study on 115 fisherwomen in the coastal areas of Pacitan Regency, East Java, Indonesia. The method used in this study was sequential mixed method using analytical hierarchy process analysis tool and qualitative using phenomenology by using a series of interviews with the participants.


The results show that the community empowerment process is influenced by three main factors, namely, internal, external and institutional, where each of these factors is divided into four factors. Another result obtained is that the government has an important role in empowerment which is indicated by the level of trust of fisherwomen to the government. The findings can be used as alternative guidelines to alleviate poverty of fisherwomen in coastal zones in Indonesia.


The formulation of an integrated fisheries system model in community empowerment innovation in coastal areas that involves all stakeholders from the government, academia, community, business and media was proposed in this study.



The authors would like to thank the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia through a postdoctoral research grant with Decree No. 5/E1/KP.PTNBH/2021 and Contract Agreement No. 225.113/UN.7.6.1/PP/2021.


Susilowati, I. and Mafruhah, I. (2023), "Women’s empowerment to alleviate poverty in coastal zones: a case study of fisherwomen in Pacitan, Indonesia", International Journal of Ethics and Systems, Vol. 39 No. 1, pp. 165-179.



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