Women, Security, and the Patriarchy of Internationalized Transitional Justice

Citation:

Aolain, Fionnuala Ni. 2009. Women, Security, and the Patriarchy of Internationalized Transitional Jusice. Human Rights Quarterly 31 (4): 1055-1085.

Author: Fionnuala Ni Aolain

Abstract:

In the contemporary global context, transitions from conflict to peace and from authoritarian to democratic governance are a critical preoccupation of many states. In these contexts, accountability for the abuses committed by prior regimes has been a priority for international institutions, states, and new governments. Nonetheless, transitional justice goals have expanded to include a broad range of structural reforms in multiple spheres. Whether an expanded or contracted transitional justice paradigm is used to define the perimeters of change, gender concerns have been markedly absent across jurisdictions experiencing transformation. This article examines the conceptualization of and legal provision for gender security and its sub- sequent effects upon accountability in times of transition, with particular reference to post-conflict societies. The article closely assesses a range of contemporary issues implicated for women including an examination of post-conflict security from a gender perspective, gender and disarmament, and the centrality and effect of security sector reform for women. The article pays particular attention to the under-theorized and under-researched role of international masculinities, and the patriarchy that is imported with international oversight of transitional societies.

Topics: DDR, Democracy / Democratization, Gender, Women, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Patriarchy, Justice, Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Security, Security Sector Reform

Year: 2009

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