Militarization, Gender and Transitional Justice in Africa

Authored by: Helen Scanlon

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Political Transitions, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Transitional Justice
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2008
Citation: Scanlon, Helen. "Militarization, Gender and Transitional Justice in Africa." Feminist Africa 10 (2008): 31-48.

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Executive Summary

Addressing past injustices is a critical concern within women’s struggle for human rights, especially in those societies emerging from civil war and authoritarian rule. The desire for justice in Africa’s post-conflict societies is often juxtaposed against the need for reconciliation in countries emerging from conflicts. Among the evolving mechanisms to tackle histories of brutality and violence, some progress can be seen in the recognition of the need to address gender-based human rights violations as a critical facet of dealing with the societal wounds of conflict. Indeed, a number of African examples have been hailed as ground-breaking, significantly expanding the understanding of gender and the need for transitional justice over the last decade.