Political Settlements and Gender: PSRP Round Table

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  • Author : PSRP Category : academic-event, conciliation-resources, global-justice-academy, knowledge-exchange, transitional-justice-institute

    Tags : Gender New institutions Political Settlements sexual violence

On 29 June 2015, a round-table was held at the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) to discuss political settlements and gender. Each group, from the University of Edinburgh, Conciliation Resources, and the Transitional Justice Institute, was given a segment in which to present their current work and research, with a question and comment session following each. Professor Georgina Waylen and Programme Associate, Dr Sahla Aroussi, provided welcome insights, and a plethora of different facets and challenges were discussed.

The first session by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin involved the challenges of mapping gender and political settlements and ways to identify gaps in the literature there, as well as the role patronage and clientelism play in this space.

The University of Edinburgh session, presented by Professor Fiona Mackay, Professor Christine Bell, Dr Zoe Marks, Dr Clare Duncanson, Dr Harriet Cornell, Astrid Jamar and Dr Rachel Anderson, focused on issues of definitions and language use and their effects; challenges of new institutions in seeking legitimacy; peace agreements databases; the focus of sexual violence on women’s health; and militarized masculinities.

The Conciliation Resources session, presented by Zahbia Yousuf and Sanne Tielemans, focused on promoting dialogues for peace; testing assumptions about political settlements; and the interplay of gender and power relations.

The PolSet team enjoying some lunch. L-R: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Christine Bell, Catherine O’Rourke, Zoe Marks, Zahbia Yousuf, Claire Duncanson, Sanne Tielemans.

The Transitional Justice Institute, presented by Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Eilish Rooney, Dr Catherine O’Rourke, Dr Aisling Swaine, and Professor Monica McWilliams, discussed their current work and research in the field, including database methodologies; the relation between conflict and intimate partner violence; violence against women in armed conflict; and the utility of the lens of intersectionality theory.

Lastly, a roundtable discussion on research uptake strategies and the ways to best utilise one another’s networks and research was held. Professor Georgina Waylen concluded the session with reflections on the key takeaways from the meeting as well as the most prominent challenges facing them on this project.

With many thanks to Amanda McAllister from the University of Minnesota Law School for reporting


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