This manual is part of AJAR’s work with women survivors. It outlines a variety of methods we use to document women’s stories, facilitate community-based healing, and develop advocacy initiatives at a local level.
This manual offers a process that encourages women to “unlearn” and resist norms 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: Asosiasaun Chega Ba Ita (ACbit). In Myanmar: Women’s Organizations Network (WON), Kachin Women Association Thailand (KWAT) and Karen Women Empowerment Group (KWEG).