Fairwork Asia Network Online Talk Series 2021

Fairwork Asia Network Online Talk Series 2021 – The Myth of Flexibility and Work-Life Balance: Gendered experiences of Women as Online Ojek Drivers in Indonesia

20 January 2021

1:30-3:00pm Hong Kong/Singapore time (UTC+08:00)

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Speakers: Paska Darmawan, Treviliana Eka Putri

Center for Digital Society (CfDS), Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


In Indonesia, major platforms such as Grab and Gojek have launched several campaigns to increase the number of female drivers by promising work flexibility. This research will critically discuss the working experience of female motorbike taxi (ojek) drivers in Indonesia and the notion of flexibility that is often discussed as an advantage of working in the gig economy. Face-to-face in-depth interviews were conducted in five cities, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Jakarta, Makassar, and Medan, in Indonesia from July until October 2020.

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Paska Darmawan is a Researcher for the Fairwork project in Indonesia. He is also the Digital Intelligence Manager at CfDS and a fellow of the Asia Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). He holds a Master of Science (M.S.) degree from Georgia Institute of Technology under the Fulbright Program. His research interests include digital activism, queer internet studies, and the use of ICT for empowering marginalized communities in the global south.

Treviliana Eka Putri is the Principal Investigator for the Fairwork project in Indonesia. She is a junior lecturer in the Department of International Relations and a researcher in CfDS. She obtained her Master’s in International Security from the University of Sydney. Her research interests include cybersecurity, digital society, and data and digital governance.

(This event is organised by the Centre for Social Innovation Studies and co-hosted by CfDS.)