Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


Patriarchal inequalities have become exacerbated in nations occupied by mass violence, conflict, and violations of human rights, such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Colombia. Gender-based violence is often not adequately recognized in processes transitional justice. In this essay, I observe and analyze sexual and gender-based violence in several countries and the ignorance or attention they were given by truth commissions, reparations, and other aspects of transnational justice. I also explore data regarding the aftermath of such violence, including the feminization of poverty and political insecurity. I discovered that recognizing gender when attempting to build reconciliation is a hesitant task and thus, there are enduring issues embedded in conflict-stricken nations and their societies. Gender-based violence must not only be recognized in processes of transitional justice but also addressed appropriately. In order to establish lasting peace and reconciliation for victims and survivors of gender-based violence, structural transformations and compensation must be enacted.