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Palgrave Macmillan

Women and Transitional Justice

Progress and Persistent Challenges in Retributive and Restorative Processes

ISBN 9781137409355
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

Including a Foreword by Former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer.

How can transitional justice institutions provide due diligence to the lived experiences of women during war and violent political upheaval? How can transitional justice help transform unequal gender relations? These are just some of the difficult but urgent questions addressed in this unique study.

Providing a compelling case for greater gender sensitivity in transitional justice institutions, Alam considers the under-researched nature of gender issues in transitional justice, offering theoretical and conceptual analysis alongside revealing lived experiences with case studies from Kenya and Bangladesh. The discussion in this study offers descriptive, normative and prescriptive value to the efforts of improving transitional justice institutions and elevating the status of women in post-conflict societies.

This is a timely new resource in the field of women, peace and security, especially in light of the forthcoming fifteenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and will appeal to a wide range of scholars in International Relations, Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, Criminal Justice and Gender Studies.

Mayesha Alam is the Assistant Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington D.C, USA.

Foreword; Melanne Verveer
1. Defining Key Terms and Concepts
2. Landscaping Feminist Scholarship on Transitional Justice
3. Retributive Approaches to Transitional Justice
4. The International Crimes Tribunal for Bangladesh
5. Restorative Approaches to Transitional Justice
6. The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation commission of Kenya Conclusion


"Women and Transitional Justice is thoroughly researched and judiciously analyzed. Mayesha Alam has tried to be objective in her presentation and assessment, and, in this endeavour, she has done herself proud." - The Daily Star
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