Weaving consensus: The Papua New Guinea - Bougainville peace process
Publication date: 
2002
Accord issue: 
12

Women have a crucial place in traditional Bougainville society, determining kinship ties and land inheritance, and also have played an important role in the search for peace. The article looks at the role of women and how the conflict impacted on their lives. Women’s groups on both sides of the conflict divide helped create and sustain pressure for peace through marches, vigils, petitions and mass meetings and conferences. However, women’s participation in the formal peace process and political arena was limited, although there were women’s delegations at both the Burnham and Lincoln talks. Women’s organisations now address post-conflict issues such as development and women’s education and seek long-term changes for further empowerment and peace.