chapter  8
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Women’s agencies for peace-building and reconciliation: voices from Poso, Sulawesi Y. TRI SUBAGYA

The eruption of violent conflicts accompanying the decay of Indonesia’s authoritarian New Order regime has received a great deal of attention from scholars. Their analyses are varied in their emphasis on a broad range of theoretical perspectives and discourses from a political economy approach to a discussion of the historical roots of violence and embedded cultural traditions (Columbijn & Lindblad 2002; Coppel 2006; van Klinken 2007). These studies, however, pay less attention to gender relations, and tend to ignore women’s involvement in the violent conflicts and their aftermath. The fact that men and women have different experiences of conflict and post-conflict situations as a result of their different access to resources and justice is almost completely neglected.