[TimorLesteStudies] Session on TL at AWGSA Biennial Conference 23-25 June at Melbourne Uni

Michael Leach mleach at swin.edu.au
Mon Jun 9 14:05:19 EST 2014

From:  Sara Niner [saraniner at gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 9 June 2014 2:02 PM
Subject: Session on TL at AWGSA Biennial Conference 23-25 June at Melbourne Uni

As per below I will be giving a presentation about "What are the ongoing ‘costs’ of domestic violence in Timor-Leste?" at the Australian Women's and Gender Studies Conference, Melbourne June 23-25 2014

Timor-Leste is a post-conflict country where the population has faced widespread and long term violence resulting from 24-years of armed conflict and occupation by neighboring Indonesia (1975-1999). The new and emerging nation state of Timor-Leste (TL) was virtually destroyed in 2006 when national level violence erupted from disputes within the male elite of leading politicians, police and army commanders. While women were marginalized in the power hierarchy of the nationalist struggle they have succeeded in being included in today’s national parliament and government in significant numbers. This quantitative victory has not yet translated into a qualitative one and the struggle for recognition of women’s rights to be equal partners in national decision making is ongoing (Niner 2011). Women’s decision making power in local communities and the private sphere is even more contested (Cummins 2009; Niner 2011; Niner et al 2013) and family or domestic violence, the crudest expression of women’s inequality, is a significant issue there. A marked gendered division of labour characterizes the TL economy and gender segmentation characterizes industries and occupations (Costa and Sharp 2013). The repercussions of seeking formal justice solutions to cases of domestic violence risk not only social stigma but the breaking up of families, loss of home, income and security. Economic dependency and the impact of a gendered division of labour shrinks women’s options if they are in bad or violent relationships. This paper discusses the economic conditions in which domestic violence occurs in TL and the options for change. Research on connections between economic inequality and DV in TL is just beginning and this paper will explore this important theme.

Dear all,

a notification that the Conference Program and all Conference details can be accessed here. http://awgsa.org.au/awgsa-biennial-conference-2014/

At the Conference we plan to have a book table and we encourage any members or attendees to send through flyers, books for sale or display materials. Do get in touch if you would like further details.

In addition, Sara Ahmed's keynote is a Public Lecture: we encourage you to circulate this information to your networks. We have been encouraging those who wish to attend the lecture to consider supporting the organisation by joining.

 kind regards
​ and we look forward to seeing many of you at the Conference soon. ​

Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher
Director, Social & Political Sciences Graduate Research Program
Deputy Head of School, School of Social Sciences
Director, Centre for Women's Studies & Gender Research, Sociology

Monash University 3800
Email: janemaree.maher at monash.edu<mailto:janemaree.maher at monash.edu>
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Phone: 61 3 9905 2949

Room: E482, Building 11, Clayton campus

Recent  Books<http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/janemaree-maher/edited-books/>


Dr. Sara Niner Lecturer & Researcher
Monash University | School of Social Sciences | Anthropology
Phone: +61 3 99024139
Email: sara.niner at monash.edu<mailto:sara.niner at monash.edu>
Location: Menzies Building 11, 4th Floor, East Wing, Room E470
Post: Monash University, Building 11 (E470), Clayton, Victoria, 3800, Australia
Web: http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/sara-niner/

Monash University's Australian campuses are proudly on Kulin land at Parkville, Caulfield, Clayton, Peninsula and Berwick. Monash University acknowledges and pays respects to the Kulin people, including Elders past and present.

Sara L. Niner
Australia 0417 357 298
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