Our programmatic priorities for the period 2017-2021 entail the following themes:
Other themes of transitional justice we have previously worked on include:
Gender-Transformative Transitional Justice
A gender transformative approach deals with the impact of gender inequalities and sexual and/or gender-based violence on women’s lives, and, more importantly, sheds light on the underlying causes of these inequalities, such as the existence of hegemonic masculinities, social stereotypes, and gender discrimination.
Memorialisation after violence can be a means of dealing with the past to acknowledge events and victims. We aim to strengthen policy-making on memorialisation through enhancing understanding of the needs, expectations and experiences of communities affected by violence.
The empowerment of youth is essential. Youth are actors with control over their own destiny. Including them in transitional justice processes is crucial to ensuring a sustainable future.
Empowering victims and affected communities significantly increases their knowledge and decision-making capacity regarding their rights and opportunities as well as their impact on transitional justice processes.
Politically-Informed Transitional Justice
For transitional justice processes to have a greater impact, it is imperative to embrace policies that are locally driven, context-specific, and developed through participatory and bottom-up processes. Civil society’s creativity and innovation can play a vital role in developing such strategies.
Rule of Law and Accountability
Accountability measures and stable and independent rule of law institutions are necessary to build trust, deal with the legacies of past abuse and restore dignity to victims and survivors.