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Jakarta Post

Institute Mosintuwu: A place for Poso women

  • Devin E. Bramhall


Poso, central Sulawesi   /   Tue, July 12 2011   /  08:00 am

Making a difference: Lian Gogali (right) poses with her family. Gogali is working with American documentary filmmaker Sue Useem on The Peace Agency, a film about the women’s peace movement in Poso.Institute Mosintuwu is run out of Gogali’s home in Tentena. She runs it with two of her friends and her sister; all come from mixed religious backgrounds.

The school covers six topics: women in peace; gender and domestic violence; women in politics; women in culture; socioeconomic, cultural and civil political rights; and economic management for families and communities.

Gogali focuses particular attention on women in culture.

“In Poso, our daily life is influenced by culture. [There are] rules for when you marry and when you want to divorce or when there is domestic violence. Also, [there is] the cultural perspective of the land. We are looking for how to make the c...