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Gender and Human Security: A Case Study of the Resettlement of Rotan Batu “Widows’ Village” in Narathiwat Province, Thailand

Gender and Human Security: A Case Study of the Resettlement of Rotan Batu “Widows’ Village” in Narathiwat Province, Thailand

The study is on the widow’s village, located in Narathiwat province, which is one of the three insurgent Southern Border Provinces, and aims to assess the peace and security situation in the ongoing conflict in that area. This qualitative research collected data from the field study, which involved in-depth interviews with a purposively selected sample of 33 people, namely widows, former insurgents, natural local leaders, chief of staff, and the members of the Royal Thai army. This material is placed in the context of the theoretical work on gender, human security, governance, and participation. This research aims to 1) study on what was the threat faced by widows living in resettlement village 2) to study how the human security of widows is impacted or changed in relation to the post-violence recovery, and what are the soft and hard security impacts of these changes to gender human security 3) study to what extent is the Rotan Batu community (widow’s village) able to address women’s insecurities in such a way as to help strengthen the transition from emergency to long-term security.

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Author: 
Pontip Vidyavrapat

Topics: Peace and Security