Institute of International Studies – DIHI UGM along with Rifka Annisa Women’s Crisis Center conducted a Peace Camp with the theme of Preventing and Managing of Gender Based Violence. The three-days event (27-29/9) was held at Cakra Kembang Hotel with participants from Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta and UGM.
The activity—that was attended by approximately 30 participants—aimed to provide peace education in order to prevent sexual violence on campus. In this context, peace must be interpreted in its broad sense or what is usually called as positive peace. Because violence is usually justified by culture and perpetuated by the system, positive peace could only occur when structural and cultural violence is completely eliminated. Therefore, this event intended to find alternative structures and cultures that must be built in order for campus to be free from sexual violence.
“Most of the times violence lasted not only because there are people who did it, but there are also those who allow it to happen,” said Ayu Diasti Rahmawati, Lecturer of the Department of International Relations UGM, in the first session of the Camp.
According to Lutviah, Project Officer in Rifka Annisa Women’s Crisis Center, the most interesting part about the Peace Camp was how the participants so eager in sharing their experiences.
“Based on what we have done, usually participants need to build trusts in order to be able to convey their experiences—because it’s not easy to tell traumatic experiences relating to gender-based violence—, especially in a large group,” she said. Participants also had fulfilled the expectation of being able to identify problems of sexual violence and their prevention.
On the last day of the camp, participants were asked to make a Follow-Up Plan (RTL). The RTL is expected to represent the understanding and creativity of each participant in overcoming sexual violence in educational institutions.
Writer: Novrisa Briliantina
Editor: Imas Indra Hapsari