Violence, Peace and Women’s Leaderships in Indonesia

Stream: Cultural Constructions and (Re)Conceptualisations
Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Time: 1.45 pm – 3.30 pm

Abstract

This paper concerns with the heightened conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence [SGBV] against women throughout Indonesia. Despite some acceptance of women in political positions, women’s access to political participation and voices to the inclusion of gender considerations in decision-making to end conflicts remain limited. Critical questions remained as how to enhance women’s networks, expertise and to increase their numbers and influence political norms and to provide concrete advice to policymakers and practitioners in preventing conflict and promote peacemaking. This paper argues that the political and social embodiment of the domestication roles of women; denial of gender inequality in public and social institutions; and institutional sexism continues to be a significant obstacle. This paper is based on a qualitative research with 32 women of community members, university students, lecturers, professionals, and activists, aged 19 - 60 years old, who participated in focus group discussions and informal dialogues. Women’s inspiration for women leaders is explained narrow symbolic idealization of a heroic woman with embodied gendered qualities of being patience, sincere, personally approachable and a strong interest in women-focused issues. In turn, such conceptualization poses barriers to a large scale of creative social process increasing women’s leadership capacities and voice for peace.

Authors

Yasinta Sokang (Presenter), Krida Wacana Christian University
Yasinta Astin Sokang is an active lecturer at Krida Wacana Christian University. She has interest in social issues, macro applied psychology, drug abuse, public and clinical health

Olivia Hadiwirawan (Presenter), Krida Wacana Christian University
Olivia Hadiwirawan is an active lecturer at Krida Wacana Christian University. Woman studies, macro applied psychology,well being and clinical health are some of her interest

Sari Andajani (Presenter), Auckland University of Technology
Sari Andajani is an active lecturer at Krida Wacana Christian University. She has interest in social issues and public policy

Rena Herdiyani (Presenter), Kalyanamitra Fondation
Rena Herdiyani is coordinator program at Kalyanamitra Foundation. Her speciality are counseling, facilitating, planning and supervising.

Lilis Listyowati (Presenter), Kalyanamitra Foundation
Lilis Listyowati is chief at Kalyanamitra Foundation. Her speciality are counseling, facilitating, gender analysis and mediation