This manual is a companion book of AJAR’s series of final report on gender justice research. It explains a variety of methods we used to document women’s stories, demonstration of community-based healing methods, and discussion of ways to develop advocacy initiatives at a local level.
This manual offers a process that encourages women to “unlearn” those norms and resist the many ways used to maintain impunity. The exercises and ideas behind them move us in the direction of greater balance between individual and community experiences, between attention to civil-political and economic-social rights, and between women’s experiences of violence during and after conflict. We also seek to balance attention given to healing, empowerment, and advocacy at both individual and community levels.
Research methods in this manual were developed together by all field researchers of gender justice research. In Indonesia: Jaringan Perempuan Indonesia Timur (JPIT), Kiprah Perempuan (KIPPER), Lingkar Pemberdayaan Perempuan (LAPPAN), Women’s Legal Aid (LBH Apik) Aceh, and Lembaga Studi dan Advokasi HAM (ELSHAM Papua). In Timor-Leste: Assosiasaun Chega Ba Ita (ACbit). In Myanmar: Women’s Organizations Network (WON), Kachin Women Association Thailand (KWAT) and Karen Women Empowerment Group (KWEG).