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Gender-Just Peace and Transitional Justice

Transitions from war to peace hold potential to transform gender relations.
Funded by: SIDA/VR Period: 2013-2015

This research project sets out to critically examine how transitional justice mechanisms may challenge gender power relations and contribute to the building of a gender-just peace in societies emerging from violent conflicts.

The project departs from two assertions: firstly, that mechanisms of transitional justice are part of liberal ambitions to construct peace and build a just future in war-torn societies. Secondly, that mainstream approaches to transitional justice on the contrary have tended to re-entrench gendered hierarchies, ignore women, and treat them as passive victims in need of protection. To capture this startling problematique, we will analyse the gendered implications of a spectrum of transitional justice mechanisms at work in three post-conflict contexts – Bosnia- Herzegovina, Sri Lanka and Rwanda.

The project takes an interest in transitional justice as a site for the long-term construction of the gendered post-conflict order. We aim to explore the dynamics of gendered hierarchies within transitional justice as part of the greater liberal peacebuilding and development endeavour, and through this knowledge re-imagine transitional justice as a transformative project towards a “gender-just peace”.

We contend that a transformation of gendered relations of power is central to addressing human rights and the needs of local populations affected by conflict process. While we recognize that gendered hierarchies in different ways limit both men’s and women’s agency, in this project we focus specifically on women’s participation in developing, utilizing and engaging with transitional justice mechanisms.

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