Beyond Sexual Violence in Transitional Justice

In the article “Beyond Sexual Violence in Transitional Justice: Political Insecurity as a Gendered Harm“, Julieta Lemaitre and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik decentre the emphasis on sexual violence and examine the intersection between forced displacement and political insecurity.

The article, published in December 2014 in the journal Feminist Legal Studies, is based on extensive field research in Colombia. Using a case study of an internally displaced women’s grassroots organization in Cartagena as an example, the article examines political insecurity as a specifically gendered harm.

As described by the authors, the article “reflects on the concrete circumstances of insecurity, on the relevance of traditional gender roles in the constitution of insecurity, and on the challenges for court-ordered remedies. This widening of the scope of attention also invites complex reflection on the possibility of transformative reparations in post-conflict situations.

Read the article here.