Gender, Women, and Truth Commissions: The Canadian and South African Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

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2014-05-01

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Reid, Katie

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Truth and reconciliation commissions vary across geo-political context, depending on the social, economic, and political landscapes. In this thesis I compare how the truth and reconciliation commissions in Canada and South Africa vary in their approach to gender. If truth and reconciliation commissions (TRC) are venues to address past injustices, then the different gendered experiences of injustice need to be centred in the work of commissions. Yet, as I argue, the Canadian TRC has only minimally incorporated gender differences into its work, and while the South African TRC made women’s experiences more central, it too did not fully address the impact of gendered forms of domination.

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women, gender, truth commissions

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