Weaving peace: the women's narratives.I used to think the only solution to conflict was resorting to violence But after having this caring space I learned justice could be done by peaceful means.
(A young woman from the south)
For nearly two years people in the three southern provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, and Pattani have been living in threat and uncertainty after the occurrence of several violent riots. "'The situation in the southern provinces has resulted in over 500 dead, nearly half of whom were killed through excessive force by security forces" (2). Due to their different religion, culture and language, Thai-Muslim people are at the fringe of Thai society and are deprived of enjoying their rights as Thai citizens to have their own religion, language and schools. The violence was caused by a culmination of internalized conflict in the affected provinces between state authorities and the socially and politically excluded Thai-Muslim people. Those killed include policemen, soldiers, officials, protestors and civilians. The violent conflict has divided the Muslim community into "good" (on the side of the state), and the "bad" (the trouble makers--"insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. ").
The Impact of Violence on Women:
Violence against women, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the 1993 U.N. Declaration for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women, includes the physical, psychological and sexual violence that occurs in the family, in the community and the violence perpetrated or condoned by the state. The increasing conflict and violence, though not directly targeting women has vastly affected women's physical and psychological well being. It is, according to this declaration, the state's responsibility to take all steps possible to stop the violence. Yet immediately following the violence, disparate compensation was given to the affected women, depending on which side they belonged to, which served to add fuel to the conflict. While the wives of state officials were ensured of compensation and security for their children, those of the "insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities. " side struggled with meager mea·ger also mea·gre
1. Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
2. Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.
3. income to feed their family members, having lost their livelihood providers. For women whose cultural role keeps them in the realm of family and home, being plunged into the role of provider was terrifying ter·ri·fy
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To menace or threaten; intimidate. . Seeing women from the "state" side receive more compensation was salt on the wounds of the "insurgency in·sur·gen·cy
n. pl. in·sur·gen·cies
1. The quality or circumstance of being rebellious.
2. An instance of rebellion; an insurgence.
1. " wives. The divide was deepened.
Women for Peace Network:
The Women's Network for Peace, coordinated by the Foundation for Women, initiated the "weaving peace to lives in the southern communities" project. The objective was to bring together the women who were suffering so terribly from the violent conflict, and work towards a peaceful solution. The Peace Network provided relief and recovery assistance to families whose father or husband was one of the many massacred in the violence--families from both the "state" side and the "insurgent" side.
The first healing process involved sixty women who lost male members of their families. Three initial two-day meetings were organized for 20 women from each province.
The women from Narathiwat Province Narathiwat (Thai นราธิวาส) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from west clockwise) Yala and Pattani. To the south it borders, Kelantan, Malaysia. were mostly wives of government officials. The majority of those from Yala and Pattani Provinces were mothers and wives of the "insurgents", and lived in the troubled villages where soldiers now patrolled day and night. Each group participated in similar activities which revolved around sharing their trauma. Because of the deep trauma the women had suffered, a face to face meeting between the two sides was not possible in the first stage of awakening from grief.
A glimmer of hope was the Thai Government's decision to appoint a culturally diverse panel of experts to create the National Reconciliation Commission. The role of the commission is to be an independent body to develop recommendations to the government. Now some structural steps towards peace could be made.
The Women's Network for Peace organized two more separate meetings at the request of the women. At one of the meetings childcare teachers and youths produced a learning kit for children on conflict solution and peaceful coexistence Peaceful coexistence was a theory developed during the Cold War among Communist states that they could peacefully coexist with capitalist states. This was in contrast to theories, such as those implied by some interpretations of antagonistic contradiction, that Communism and . Together they explored the current situation in their villages, and learned different methods of teaching conflict resolution to affected children; children who were growing up immersed im·merse
tr.v. im·mersed, im·mers·ing, im·mers·es
1. To cover completely in a liquid; submerge.
2. To baptize by submerging in water.
3. in conflict and hate. In the arena where these Muslim women have such a wealth of expertise--the development of human beings--women from the warring sides were able to make some of the first steps towards peace together when developing peace strategies to tackle the brooding war in the playground. They also united their voices in the development of the first appeal for peace to the National Reconciliation Commission.
Women and children from both sides finally met face to face at a three day meeting in Bangkok. Here they came to the conclusion that both sides were losers and the best approach was to work together towards peace. Together they produced a booklet using their own stories and pictures. A member of the NRC NRC
1. National Research Council
2. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Noun 1. NRC - an independent federal agency created in 1974 to license and regulate nuclear power plants shared information on the newly established compensation policy for families of both sides. Most of the women were satisfied that the assistance was indiscriminate between the two groups, even though it was meager. Resentment receded, and the second appeal for peace was developed.
Before returning to their own villages, the women requested to visit a famous beach together. Healing mothers from both sides, covered with veils, carried children in their arms to catch the foam of the waves that lingered on the long beach. The laughter of mothers and children was at least for us a reflection of the grief subsiding sub·side
intr.v. sub·sid·ed, sub·sid·ing, sub·sides
1. To sink to a lower or normal level.
2. To sink or settle down, as into a sofa.
3. To sink to the bottom, as a sediment.
Learning the Lessons:
As the affected women and children shared their stories with us, it became clear that the violence in the southern provinces has had a structural cause in the systematic deprivation, discrimination and the denial of human rights which angered the poorer group in the Muslim community. While we addressed and responded to the different levels of women's psychosocial psychosocial /psy·cho·so·cial/ (si?ko-so´shul) pertaining to or involving both psychic and social aspects.
Involving aspects of both social and psychological behavior. problems as a result of the conflict, it was connecting women to the structural efforts for peace and reconciliation that provided the fabric for the weaving of peace.
The self-representation of the distressed women and youth in public forums, and meeting with responsible agencies created dialogue which can now inform policy based A decision made by any software application that is based on the policy (rules and regulations) of the organization. See policy and COPS. on principles of nondiscrimination non·dis·crim·i·na·tion
1. Absence of discrimination.
2. The practice or policy of refraining from discrimination.
non . FFW FFW Fast Forward
FFW Freiwillige Feuerwehr (German: auxiliary fire brigade)
FFW Food For Work (WFP)
FFW Flash Flood Warning
FFW Federation of Free Workers (Philippines) believes that these new national mechanisms and the rectification of unjust compensation policies are good practice for the way forward. We believe that the final stage of the process should allow women, particularly the most deprived ones, to reclaim their rights and dignity. In order for peace to be restored, the structural elements Structural elements are used in structural analysis to simplify the structure which is to be analysed.
Structural elements can be linear, surfaces or volumes.
I was told that my children would get scholarships until they finish their University studies. And they will be accepted to work in the police force.
(Wife of a policeman in Narathiwat Province)
Everyday I think how can I take care of my family? Will all my children finish their school? What can I do with the debt? Sometimes I would like to kill myself but that is against Allah's teaching.
(Mother from Mae Lan, Pattani Province)
Whenever I pass that place I tell my son--remember always this spot where your father was shot dead. I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. why I do this, possibly deep inside I want him to seek revenge for his father.
(A police wife)
The First Appeal for Peace handed to the National Reconciliation Committee
1. Stop all actions which divide and discriminate against people living in the three southern provinces, as this inhibits peaceful reintegration reintegration /re·in·te·gra·tion/ (-in-te-gra´shun)
1. biological integration after a state of disruption.
2. restoration of harmonious mental function after disintegration of the personality in mental illness. .
2. Promote reconciliation by withdrawing or limiting military troops initiated by the Prime Minister. Military action creates tension and threat, encouraging children to legitimize le·git·i·mize
tr.v. le·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing, le·git·i·miz·es
le·git the use of force in solving conflicts.
3. Encourage and support the work of daycare teachers who have significant roles in caring for and protecting children. They should have the same protection, security in their workplace and social benefits as those in other professions working in the troubled areas.
The Second Appeal for Peace handed to the National Reconciliation Committee
1. Promote the participation of civil society and community in solving problems, prevent arbitrary arrest, and coordinate assistance to the victims of violence.
2. Provide indiscriminate and adequate support to families who lost their members and ensure the support reaches them in due time.
3. Inform the public about the available forms of assistance and remedy, and set up a mechanism to monitor the assistance and hear the problems of people in the south.
4. Exempt families who lost their main income earner For US-specific income information see Income in the United States
Income earner refers to an individual who through work, investments or a combination of both dervies income, which has a fixed and very fixed value of his/hr income (sometimes, called Vulkary Workers). in the violent incidences from debt repayments to the Agriculture and Cooperative Bank Cooperative bank may refer to:
5. Be flexible with the periodic shifting of military personnel by extending the stay of soldiers who have good rapport with the community.
(2) Source: Summary: Thailand Country Report on Human Rights 2004. U.S Department of State, Embassy of the United States of America UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The name of this country. The United States, now thirty-one in number, are Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, , Bangkok. Released 1 March 2005
Siriporn Skrobanek as part of the Weaving Peace to Life in Southern Communities Project