Sompong Ad-Inmong (second from left) teaches bamboo weaving to conflict affected women in Pattani province. Photo: Handout

Advocates say women are key to resolving the deep south conflict, but they are still left out from peace and security decision-making positions

Female community leaders in south Thailand have taken the lead in providing support, training for women and youngsters

This is the third and final story in a series on the role of women in peacebuilding efforts and security across Asia.

Sompong Ad-Inmong was a street food vendor in 2004, when Islamic insurgents launched simultaneous attacks on 11 government locations and security checkpoints in the Muslim-dominated provinces of southern Thailand.

More than 100 insurgents and five members of the security forces were killed.

The attacks prompted Ad-Inmong to become a community volunteer and she has since found creative ways to bring neighbours closer together – from weaving baskets to sharing food.

“The conflicts come from outside. We are a model village, where Muslims and Buddhists live together peacefully,” said Ad-Inmong, currently based in the Panare district of Pattani province.


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