GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Research Seminar on "GenderJust: A Research Proposal" by Dr. Maria Martin de Almagro (ULB-REPI & GEM Alum)

Wednesday 20 January 2016 , 12:00 - 14:00

The aim of this seminar is to present M. Martin’s 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 atinternational level about the need to project women’s experiences of violence and their claims to justice. Sexual and gender based violence “aredefining characteristics of contemporary conflict” (True 2012:3) and the changing nature of war has put the lives of women and girls at greatrisk (Ward and Marsh 2006). Nevertheless, critical feminist scholars agree on the fact that a narrow view on what constitutes transitional justicein the way Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) are run, ignores root causes of conflict and prioritizes civil and political rights oversocioeconomic 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, Maria Martin fills two unexplored gaps. Firstly, sheexamines the extent to which gender justice is included in the policy formulation and implementation of TRCs. She attempts to explain this byanalysing institutional inputs and networks of actors (Mackay, Kenny, & Chappell 2010). Secondly, from a bottomup approach, the project alsoconsiders the role of female witnesses in shaping narratives on gender justice more practical to their everyday (Krizsan &Lombardo 2013). Theproject will follow a qualitative analysis based on TRCs transcripts and interviews, providing original empirical evidence of this unexplored level

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