Engendering Transitional Justice: Silence, Absence and Repair

Authored by: Olivera Simic

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Transitional Justice
Region: No Region
Year: 2016
Citation: Simic, Olivera. "Engendering Transitional Justice: Silence, Absence and Repair." Human Rights Review 17 (2016): 1–8.

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This is an introduction to an edited volume of papers published in Human Rights Review focused on engendering transitional justice that came out of a conference hosted at Griffith Law School. “This special issue aims to influence the way we think about ‘gender’ in a global context. For example, although transitional justice scholars take gender on board, even they can and do easily slip from gender to ‘women’ (Porter, this issue) and reflect upon women’s experiences only. As Rooney argues, ‘Gender has come to mean solely a reference to ‘all women’ that fails to comprehend structural inequalities between women and within social groups in conflicts’ (Rooney 2007). Ni Aoláin and Rooney (2007) advocate for greater intersectionality and cultural sensitivity of gender issues. However, it still remains a challenge in transitional justice scholarship to embrace gender analysis that is not focused on women solely and fixed on certain women (‘authentic’ victims) and certain female victims’ experiences of violence (sexual).”