Women need a bigger say in political and socio-economic problem-solving as well as in peace talks with insurgents in the far South, a forum was told yesterday.
Speaking at the forum launching the "Strengthening the Role of Women Peacemakers" report, Shadia Marhaban, the only female member of the peace talks between the Free Aceh Movement and the Indonesian government in 2005, said domestic and international donors should shy away from activities traditionally associated with women, such as handicrafts. They should initiate other training programmes that empower women to address political and social issues, she said.
Ms Marhaban was among trainers at the four-month course, "Capacity Building for Women in South Thailand," conducted by the Justice for Peace Foundation (JPF), under the support of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre.
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