Women as Political Participants: Psychosocial Postconflict Recovery in Peru
Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 313-331, 2007
Posted: 29 Jun 2009
Date Written: December 4, 2008
This article presents preliminary findings on the effectiveness of postconflict recovery strategies, one of which is political activism. I describe Peru's experience to illustrate how mental health professionals adopt a more holistic view of psychosocial healing within the reparations framework established by Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I then illustrate how this model meets the particular needs of women who survived the conflict and are now reclaiming their mental well-being through political activism. The short-term evaluation of this approach reveals that it benefits this population both through raising their self-esteem and by involving them in policy decisions that directly affect their lives.
Keywords: mental health, human rights, truth commission, post conflict, transitional justice
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