Sorang Saragih

Ms Sorang Saragih

B. Arts (The University of Indonesia), MA (Ateneo de Manila University), MA (The University for Peace)

Sorang is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations, in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, at The Australian National University. She commenced her doctoral study in March 2020, and her PhD research examines the issues of healing for women victims-survivors of the East Timor conflict and the Papua conflict before the Reform period.

Before joining the ANU, Sorang worked with Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), a regional human rights organisation based in Indonesia. Within this role, she managed projects and programs that empowered women victims-survivors of violence of various issues, including mass human rights violations, women living with HIV/AIDS, and customary lands. She worked at the grassroots level with NGOs, Churches, and local activists, supporting them in documenting the experiences of women victims-survivors in conflict and post-conflict settings, using participatory action research methods. She also contributed to developing and maintaining a victims’ database from the documentation and trained others to operate the database. In line with that, she also worked with NGO networks in Indonesia to advocate for victims of the Papua conflict before she commenced her PhD study.

Sorang received double MA degrees in Global Politics at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and Gender and Peacebuilding at the University for Peace, Costa Rica (2017). She also completed her bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia (2012).

Research Interest

Sorang’s primary research interests include sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in conflict and post-conflict settings, women’s movements, transitional justice, and participatory action research. She hopes to shed more light on the issues of healing for women victims-survivors of state violence in areas where impunity still has its deep roots in society. She is keen to disseminate research findings using different popular products that can be used widely by the researched community and the general public. She collaborated with others to create poems and modified games on women victims of SGBV in her master’s studies and comic books on the same issue in her doctoral study.

HDR Supervisor/s

Bina D'Costa

Thesis Title/Topic

Healing of women victims-survivors of East Timor and Papua conflicts

Expertise Area(s)

Gender and Politics
Gender Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies
Social justice and human rights

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