This paper is part of a Gender Briefing Series to support women’s meaningful participation and the integration of gender perspectives in peace processes that aim to end violent intrastate conflict. The key target audience of these series of papers is women, gender equality advocates, and others engaged in peace processes, who wish to influence negotiations with a view to:
- addressing the particular experiences of women during conflict, and
- achieving lasting peace process outcomes that will improve women’s lives and the lives of those around them.
The term ‘transitional justice’ is used to describe a vast array of initiatives which all attempt in some way to address atrocities of the past. Transitional justice refers to the range of mechanisms used to achieve redress for human rights violations and violence, and is often used in repressive regimes or countries recovering from conflict to address widespread abuse. Such mechanisms are important tools for securing justice for individual human rights violations and crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence. They can also address the context of inequality and injustice that gives rise to conflict, thereby transforming the very structures of inequality that underpin this violence.
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