This project is driven by three observations: first, that the use of transitional justice (TJ) is increasing in conflict-affected societies, but evaluations of TJ produce inconclusive or contradictory results; second, that increasingly technocratic ‘indicator’ and large-n evaluations lose a great deal of the politics and nuance of TJ practice; and, third, that gendered indicators tend to be omitted from TJ evaluations despite the move to ‘transformative’ justice. The project therefore aims to provide an evidence base on the gendered impacts of transitional justice, asking how and why the impacts of transitional justice programmes differ across gendered groups. Data will be gathered through reviews of TJ laws, policies and institutions in core case sites, plus previous TJ impact studies, followed by interviews with TJ actors and advocates in Colombia, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone. Outputs include a monograph, policy papers and engagement with policy makers and activists at local, regional and international levels to address the gendered impacts of current and proposed TJ programmes.
Dr Kirsten Ainley, London School of Economics and Political Science
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