CRIC Seminar: Gender-Just Peace: Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding – University of Copenhagen

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CRIC Seminar: Gender-Just Peace: Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

CRIC invites to a research seminar with Annika Björkdahl (guest researcher at CRIC, University of Copenhagen and associate professor, Lund University) and Johanna Mannergren Selimovic (senior researcher, Swedish Institute of International Affairs).

The research seminar will include 30 minutes presentation and one hour of discussion revolving around Annika and Johanna's paper regarding gender-just peace, transitional justice and peacebuilding.

Please register at cric@cric.ku.dk no later than Thursday 6th March 2014. The paper will be sent to you when you have registered.   

Transitions from war to peace hold potential to transform gender relations. This seminar sets out to critically examine how transitional justice mechanisms may challenge gender power relations and contribute to the building of a gender-just peace in societies emerging from violent conflicts. The discussion departs from two assertions: firstly, that mechanisms of transitional justice are part of liberal ambitions to construct peace and build a just future in war-torn societies. Secondly, that mainstream approaches to transitional justice on the contrary have tended to re-entrench gendered hierarchies, ignore women, and treat them as passive victims in need of protection.

To capture this problematique, we initiate a discussion on the gendered implications of a spectrum of transitional justice mechanisms at work in the post-conflict context of Bosnia- Herzegovina, but with implications for other transitional societies. We take an interest in transitional justice as a site for the long-term construction of the gendered post-conflict order. The seminar aims to explore the dynamics of gendered hierarchies within transitional justice as part of the greater liberal peacebuilding and development endeavour, and through this knowledge re-imagine transitional justice as a transformative project towards a “gender-just peace”.

While we recognize that gendered hierarchies in different ways limit both men’s and women’s agency, we focus specifically on women’s participation in developing, utilizing and engaging with transitional justice mechanisms. With the ambition to draw conclusions of relevance for theory and policy both for international and local stakeholders, the discussion will explore: 1) the international, national and local transitional justice mechanisms available 2) their impact in terms of enhancing or undermining women’s agency and participation; 3) how these mechanisms may contribute to the transformation of gender power relations in the post-conflict society and thereby to a gender-just peace.