Cultivating and processing tobacco, an important East Java commodity, are a woman’s job.
Their domination of the industry, from the upstream to downstream sectors, is clearly visible. Around 90 percent of tobacco workers are women.
Apart from their dominant presence, these “tobacco women” are active in defending their rights and protecting the domestic industry from third parties.
The women work not only in the plantations and factories, but also in marketing, introducing authentic Indonesian kretek (clove cigarettes) to foreign delegates at