GenderJust: A research proposal

Mercredi, 20 Janvier, 2016 - 12:00 to 14:00


REPI PhD Seminar

Discussant: Caroline HOLMQVIST

IEE, Kant Room, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.


The aim of this seminar is to present my post-doctoral research project before submission to different granting schemes.

The mediatisation of the last Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in 2014 in London is proof of the increasing awareness at international level about the need to project women’s experiences of violence and their claims to justice. Sexual and gender based violence “are defining characteristics of contemporary conflict” (True 2012:3) and the changing nature of war has put the lives of women and girls at great risk (Ward and Marsh 2006). Nevertheless, critical feminist scholars agree on the fact that a narrow view on what constitutes transitional justice in the way Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) are run, ignores root causes of conflict and prioritizes civil and political rights over socioeconomic and cultural rights, consequently marginalising women and the poor (Roht-Arriaza & Mariezcurrena 2006).

This project aims to analyse how TRCs shape global norms on gender justice. To do so, I fill two unexplored gaps. Firstly, I examine the extent to which gender justice is included in the policy formulation and implementation of TRCs. I attempt to explain this by analysing institutional inputs and networks of actors (Mackay, Kenny, & Chappell 2010). Secondly, from a bottomup approach, the project also considers the role of female witnesses in shaping narratives on gender justice more practical to their everyday (Krizsan &Lombardo 2013).

The project will follow a qualitative analysis based on TRCs transcripts and interviews, providing original empirical evidence of this unexplored level.

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