A Culture of Peace and Indigenous Women’s Engagement in Peacebuilding: A Cross-Cultural Concern


Southeast Asia is home to various cultural communities beset with war and conflict. Peace building efforts in the islands have been raised to a certain level of intensity. With the hopes to avoid war and conflict, initiatives toward achieving peace have been documented, but mostly, those which are wanting of stories involving women in the peace building processes. This paper attempts to expose stories of women’s engagement in peace building which may provide insights and post challenges to future peace initiatives involving women, especially the Lumad women. This paper particularly placed a focus on the lumad women. The term lumad collectively refers to the cultural communities in Mindanao, a battle-scarred island in the Philippine Archipelago. In the SouthEast Asian Context, women are naturally presented as resilient and soft-natured. These characteristics can be seen in a woman at home and in the community. Some cases are presented in this paper which highlights the forgoing attributes of women that enable them to stand out amidst war and conflict.

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Joan Christi Trocio, University of Santo Tomas, The Philippines

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Conference: GLOBAL2016
Stream: Cultural Studies

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