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Speaking Truth, Resisting Impunity Etched on Our Bodies

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The University of Melbourne

Discursive Space (Room 553), North Wing, Arts West (Level 5)

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Speaker: Galuh Wandita, Asia Justice and Rights

In the last four years, Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) has been developing a tool to improve the way we are documenting and advocating cases of gender-based violence across Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Working in contexts where there is impunity for state-sponsored gender-based violence (past and present), we are looking at ways that these patterns are reproduced in different forms. Inspired by “participatory action research” methods, we have developed and used these methods with more than 400 women survivors across the two countries, using our “Stone and Flower” methodology.

This paper will begin to articulate our approach to gender justice which will include the following elements: 1) Documenting stories is not enough. Any genuine effort to comprehend the issue, needs to be accompanied with efforts to heal and empower the survivors. There needs to be a holistic approach that integrates civil political and social economic rights, and brings together survivors of gender-based violence from the past and present; 2) There is a double standard on how governments address domestic and state violence. In many contexts, governments create policies and provide resources to deal with domestic violence, but turn a blind eye on state violence. A holistic approach means looking at the root causes and addressing both forms of violence; 3) Denial and impunity leads to an atrophy of women’s capacity to access justice. Thus to resist impunity, by means of any kind of local action, however small, helps dislodge apathy and fosters movement; 4) Lastly, short-term approaches are not effective, particularly in cases where the impact of gender-based violence can be transmitted to the next generation. However, many aid organisations work with a project-based approach, making it difficult for local groups and local women to access resources needed.

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