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Luchando por la Justicia: las Mujeres Peruanas en la B£squeda de Los desaparecidos [Fighting forJustice: Peruvian Women in the Search for the Disappeared]

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Jan 2003
How has a gender analysis been used in areas of post-conflict? In Peru, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) was set up following two decades of political violence spanning the period from 1980 to 2000. The CVR Gender Programme, or "L¡nea de G?nero", has sought to analyse and explain the differential effects of the political violence on women and men, and the strategies required by the CVR to address these effects. A key area has been exploring how the definition of political violence in terms of torture and forced disappearance has failed to acknowledge the extensive and widespread sexual violence that took place. Women gave the greatest proportion of testimonials in the CVR, but they tended to refer only to their fathers, husbands and sons and avoided speaking about violence committed against themselves. Methodologies have been developed that allow for disaggregation of numerical data or statistics. These methodologies also reveal hidden aspects of violence and human rights abuses and enable women"s voices to be heard.