Women's Effective Participation and the Negotiation of Justice: The Importance of Skills Based Training

15 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2015 Last revised: 16 Feb 2015

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Catherine Turner

Durham Law School, Durham University, UK

Monica McWilliams

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: February 11, 2015

Abstract

While recent years have seen a much greater engagement with the issue of gender in transitional justice, women nevertheless remain vulnerable to marginalization in transitional processes. It is often assumed that women are prepared for the demands of politics, with little thought given to training and capacity building for what is traditionally an underrepresented group in national politics. This paper reflects on training that was facilitated by the authors for a group of Syrian women in late 2012. The training focused on practical skills in mediation and negotiation, and was based on the premise that if women’s participation in peace negotiations is to be effective, skills and capacity need to be addressed before rather than during or after a transition.

Keywords: Syria, gender, mediation, negotiation

Suggested Citation

Turner, Catherine and McWilliams, Monica, Women's Effective Participation and the Negotiation of Justice: The Importance of Skills Based Training (February 11, 2015). Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 15-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2563690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2563690

Catherine Turner (Contact Author)

Durham Law School, Durham University, UK ( email )

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Monica McWilliams

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

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Belfast, Northern Ireland BT370QB
Ireland
00442890368597 (Phone)

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