Gender and Transformative Justice in Sri Lanka


Fonseka, Bhavani, and Ellen Schulz. 2018. "Gender and Transformative Justice in Sri Lanka." Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series 18, London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Authors: Bhavani Fonseka, Ellen Schulz


The idea of ‘transformative justice’ has emerged from criticisms that conventional transitional justice mechanisms have led to static institutions and the prioritisation of elite interests instead of tangible remedies for the people who are most in need – including women. This working paper focuses on Sri Lanka’s reconciliation and reform processes, and the crucial task of bringing genuine transformation to the women affected by the country’s near three decade war and recurring conflicts. The authors urge decision-makers to ensure full inclusion of women and include gendered experiences in planned reform processes, aiming at genuine transformation of societal circumstances so that conflictaffected women can achieve empowerment, dignity and equality.

Topics: Conflict, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Justice, Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Sri Lanka

Year: 2018

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