Gender, Violence and Reparations in Northern Ireland: A Story Yet to be Told

Catherine O'Rourke, Aisling Swaine

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Both reparations and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) have been marginal to the story of the Northern Ireland transition from conflict. CRSV has received little formal acknowledgement, reflecting more fundamental gender-blindness in harm documentation and transitional justice in the jurisdiction. Likewise, reparations provision has been scant and piecemeal. The article documents the highly partial and deeply inadequate approach to reparations for CRSV in Northern Ireland throughout and after the conflict. We contend that the inadequacies of this approach have been so deficient as to in fact obscure – rather than illuminate –the manifestation of CRSV in the jurisdiction, thus undercutting an essential basis for effective reparations design and delivery in the future. The article ameliorates the identified absence of documentation and understanding of gendered harm in Northern Ireland, by offering a preliminary mapping of CRSV in the conflict.The article concludes that a transformative approach to reparations for CRSV in Northern Ireland would be one that advances recognition of both gender analysis and reparations as essential components of post-conflict justice in the jurisdiction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1302-1319
JournalInternational Journal of Human Rights
Early online date23 Aug 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Aug 2017


  • Transitional justice
  • transformative reparations
  • Northern Ireland
  • genderbased
  • violence
  • conflictrelated
  • sexual violence

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