The Gender of Reparations in Transitional Societies

Authored by: Ruth Rubio-Marín

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Transitional Justice
Region: No Region
Year: 2009
Citation: Rubio-Marín, Ruth."The Gender of Reparations in Transitional Societies." In The Gender of Reparations: Unsettling Sexual Hierarchies While Redressing Human Rights Violations, edited by Ruth Rubio-Marin, 63-120. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

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Executive Summary

This chapter is a contribution to this much-needed conversation [what gender justice entails]. It focuses on large-scale reparations programs rather than on (either national or international) judicially adjudicated reparations because the former are becoming an increasingly common form of handling reparations in the context of massive violations of human rights. Its aim is to flesh out the potential of large-scale reparations programs in transitional democracies for recognizing and redressing women victims of human rights abuses. It also provides insight about the transformative potential of reparations, namely, he potential or such reparative efforts to subvert, instead of reinforce, preexisting structural gender inequalities and thereby contribute, however minimally, to the consolidation of move inclusive democratic regimes. Finally, in an attempt to underscore the need to conceptually broaden the gender and reparations agenda to include men, the chapter contains some incipient insight about how patterns and notions of masculinity might interfere either with the assessment of the harms that men are subject to during times of repression and conflict or with their possibilities for redress.