Women’s civil society activism in Bougainville has not always been well reflected in decision-making processes; however the political transition following the Bougainville Peace Agreement in 2001 has provided opportunities for greater inclusion. This report explores how gender dynamics shape decision-making, power and influence in Bougainville, in particular how formal and customary structures impact inclusion. It also looks at the approaches and strategies Bougainvillean women have used to increase their agency and influence within formal, faith and customary institutions.
Gender in political transition: Bougainville's peace process
An assessment of achievements and challenges to date provides further understanding of how Bougainville’s political landscape can support more diverse access to and influence over decision-making at multiple levels.