Engendering Transitional Justice: Reflections on the Case of Peru

Authored by: Pascha Bueno-Hansen

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Political Transitions, Transitional Justice
Country: Peru
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Year: 2010
Citation: Bueno-Hansen, Pascha. "Engendering Transitional Justice: Reflections on the Case of Peru." Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 5.3 (2010): 61-74.

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Executive Summary

This article probes the conceptual and methodological challenges of engendering transitional justice mechanisms, drawing referentially upon several years of research on Peruvian transitional justice initiatives. Most women affected by the internal armed conflict in Peru (1980-2000) were Quechua-speaking campesinas, or peasants, who have been commonly reduced to a single story of victimhood. The article asks whether it is possible for state and civil society actors to design and implement transitional justice mechanisms without reifying race, class and gender inequalities through this type of limited representation. To venture an answer in the affirmative would demand a significant broadening of the transitional justice mandate in ways that test the limits of the liberal framework.