n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Foreword

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


This special edition of the provides a unique medium to outline some of the gender concerns and priorities that have emerged in recent transitional justice initiatives in Africa. The articles largely stem from a meeting on the theme of 'Gender and Transitional Justice in Africa : Progress and Prospects' hosted by the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) in Cape Town in September 2008. The meeting brought together African practitioners who have worked in the field of gender and transitional justice to allow the exchange of experiences from the field. During recent years, women's organisations and practitioners have made critical advances in drawing attention to gender considerations in transitional justice processes, but there is a paucity of documentation and analysis of their initiatives. Recording the experiences of gender activists on the continent is critical for future interventions and this journal hopes to contribute to this process in some way. To facilitate a wide spectrum of voices, the journal has created a section for views from the field to give practitioners an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences.

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