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The Gender of Reparations
Unsettling Sexual Hierarchies while Redressing Human Rights Violations


Ruth Rubio-Marín, Margaret Urban Walker, Colleen Duggan, Ruth Jacobson, Dyan Mazurana, Khristopher Carlson, Clara Sandoval, Catalina Díaz, Anita Bernstein, Brandon Hamber, Ingrid Palmary
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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107402348

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  • Reparation programs seeking to provide for victims of gross and systematic human rights violations are becoming an increasingly frequent feature of transitional and post-conflict processes. Given that women represent a very large proportion of the victims of these conflicts and authoritarianism, it makes sense to examine whether reparation programs can be designed to redress women more fairly and efficiently and seek to subvert gender hierarchies that often antecede the conflict. Focusing on themes such as reparations for victims of sexual and reproductive violence, reparations for children and other family members, as well as gendered understandings of monetary, symbolic, and collective reparations, this text gathers information about how past or existing reparation projects dealt with gender issues, identifies best practices to the extent possible, and articulates innovative approaches and guidelines to the integration of a gender perspective in the design and implementation of reparations for victims of human rights violations.

    • Was the first book to come up with a normative and comprehensive understanding of the contribution a gender perspective can make to the topic of reparations
    • Was the first book to discuss gender in relation to reparations for children and family members and to monetary, symbolic, or collective modalities of reparations
    • Was the first book to provide a critical summary of modalities of reparations for victims of sexual and reproductive violence
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    Review of the hardback: '… one of the greatest assets of the publication under review is the use of case studies and the richness and variety of good (and bad) practice examines. The unique and clear perspective adopted by all the contributors makes the volume a contribution to this field and an essential tool for those who work in this area. Therefore this collective work must be warmly welcomed, and it is to be hope that it will provide guidance to judges, practitioners, and policymakers.' Leiden Journal of International Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107402348
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: a gender and reparations taxonomy Ruth Rubio-Marín
    1. Gender and violence in focus: a background for gender justice in reparations Margaret Urban Walker
    2. The gender of reparations in transitional societies Ruth Rubio-Marín
    3. Reparation of sexual and reproductive violence: moving from codification to implementation Colleen Duggan and Ruth Jacobson
    4. Reparations as a means for recognizing and addressing crimes and grave rights violations against girls and boys during situations of armed conflict and under authoritarian and dictatorial regimes Dyan Mazurana and Khristopher Carlson
    5. Repairing family members: gross human rights violations and communities of harm Ruth Rubio-Marín, Clara Sandoval, and Catalina Díaz
    6. Tort theory, microfinance, and gender equity convergent in pecuniary reparations Anita Bernstein
    7. Gender, memorialization, and symbolic reparations Brandon Hamber and Ingrid Palmary
    8. Gender and collective reparations in the aftermath of conflict and political repression Ruth Rubio-Marín.

  • Editor

    Ruth Rubio-Marin, European University Institute, Florence


    Ruth Rubio-Marín, Margaret Urban Walker, Colleen Duggan, Ruth Jacobson, Dyan Mazurana, Khristopher Carlson, Clara Sandoval, Catalina Díaz, Anita Bernstein, Brandon Hamber, Ingrid Palmary

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