This article examines the role of interfaith women in “religious peacebuilding” and post-peace accord reconciliation in the Moluccas (Maluku) in eastern Indonesia, particularly in Ambon city. For more than three years, beginning in 1999, violent conflicts between Christians and Muslims broke out in this region resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries. In a response to this violence, women from both religious groups worked together to bridge gaps, air tensions, build trust, and reconcile conflicting parties.
Despite threats from religious militant groups, their peacebuilding work continues. In 2002, the Peace Accord was signed in part due to their efforts. Since creating peace needs more than a negotiated peace agreement, this article focuses on their peacemaking work before and after the signing of the treaty