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Mothers & Children: Addressing Disappearances Through a Gender Perspective

Inter Press Service, May 2, 2018

By Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Black and white image of young woman with her head in her hands looking sad.We often think of gender crimes only in terms of violence against women, but there are many different types of atrocities that impact women in specific ways, such as the disappearance of family members. In this piece, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D., Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Senior Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women, argues that it is time for us to retire traditional notions of transitional justice that disregard women’s experiences. When it comes to missing persons, she argues, we must move away from conceptualizing justice solely in terms of criminal law, and move toward restorative justice initiatives that reflect women’s experiences and activism.

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