Families struggle as 6 million Indonesian women work abroad

An estimated six million Indonesian woman – some 90 percent of all Indonesian migrant laborers – are now working overseas. Most go to the Middle East,  with the rest are in Asia Pacific. Many Indonesian villages are left with a shortage of women with many men assuming the role of a single parent for years at a time. Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

The number of women leaving the archipelago, legally or illegally, has been steadily climbing over the past decade, according to the National Authority for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers.