What is it about?

This article seeks to explain why transitional justice has often failed women and argues for a phenomenological approach to gender in transitional justice, especially in light of local traditions and cultures.

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Why is it important?

By taking a phenomenological approach to gender, this article foregrounds a critical angle not often explored in transitional justice mechanisms.


Although mainstream gender ideas have generally favored western ideologies as optimal for women's development, participatory transitional justice must acknowledge local ebbs and flows that may differ from traditional values. I believe that transitional justice mechanisms will better serve women's interests and needs when local values and nuances are recognized and understood.

E.Christabel Unobe
Rutgers University-Newark

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This page is a summary of: Justice mirage? Sierra Leone’s truth and reconciliation commission and local women’s experiences., Peace and Conflict Journal of Peace Psychology, March 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/pac0000600.
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