Indonesian women’s active participation in the political sphere has been supported by national legislation. However, it remains challenging for women to position themselves in the political arena, especially in a specific party’s activities. There is contestation between male and female political cadres, which often escalates into conflict. Using a qualitative research method, this research aims to discover the root of gender-based conflicts within a political party context. This research found three kinds of conflict: overt, covert, and avoided. Overt conflicts occur in the official forum when women express their anger, dissatisfaction, and protests against their male counterparts. Covert conflicts occur when women do not express their dissatisfaction about the party’s decisions and only show their anger outside of the forum. Avoided conflicts arise when women no longer wish to participate in the forum, so they leave the party and its activities. The root of the problems of these conflicts is gender asymmetry and the strong patriarchal culture in the organizations.
Elizabeth, Misbah Zulfa; Safitri, Ririh Megah; Sholihan, Sholihan; and ., Arikhah
"Gender-Based Conflicts in Political Parties: Male Domination in Central Java’s Politics,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 25:
4, Article 15.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol25/iss4/15