EVENT | 19 Jan 2023

Gender-transformative approaches to transitional justice

Enabling change

Event on gender-transformative approaches to transitional justice Event on gender-transformative approaches to transitional justice | PHOTO © SHUTTERSTOCK / Angelina Bambina

Join us for this in-person event on 19 January at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Registrations for this event are now closed. If you still would like to join in person, please send us an e-mail. To watch the live stream, please follow the Webex link below.

Access and meaningful participation, diversity and transformation: Feminist development and feminist foreign policy draw attention to existing inequalities and they envision change in power structures, gender norms and opportunities. In many societies, however, violent conflicts exacerbate existing discrimination – and after hostilities end, legacies of violence continue to shape people's lives in gender-specific ways.

Addressing the legacies of a violent past is a central tenet of peacebuilding and development. Truth seeking, fact finding, reparations for victims and memorialisation are important contributions to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation processes. Yet, transitional justice measures may run the risk of reproducing patriarchal structures, as a recent report by UN Women points out. From a feminist perspective, gender-transformative approaches are therefore key, based on the understanding that dealing with the past should address structural injustices and discrimination, including gender-specific injustice and exclusion.

This dialogue event explores the question of how transitional justice approaches can contribute to a transformation of power structures and discriminatory gender norms in post-conflict contexts. How does a feminist perspective on gender-specific legacies of past violence change our understanding of development and peacebuilding approaches? Where are the “blind spots” of gender-transformative approaches?

Welcome remarks by Niels Annen, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Keynote by Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Panel discussion with:

  • Jochen Steinhilber, Director General: Displacement; Crisis Prevention; Civil Society, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Christella Niyonzima, Programme Coordinator, Impunity Watch, Burundi
  • Ivana Franović, Centre for Nonviolent Action, Serbia
  • Jeannette Böhme, Policy and Human Rights Officer, medica mondiale

Moderation by Beatrix Austin, Head of Conflict Transformation Research, Berghof Foundation

Enabling change:
Gender-transformative approaches to transitional justice

Thursday, 19 January 2023 (ics, ical)
17:00–19:00 CET (followed by a reception)

Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung
Stresemannstraße 94
10963 Berlin

Due to security procedures, we kindly ask all guests to arrive by 16:15 latest. Please make sure to bring your passport or personal ID.

A live stream of the event will be offered through Webex, which you can join via this link. Please note that since this is primarily an in-person event, those joining online will not be able to interact with the panellists.


Please note that the event will be recorded using the cloud-based recording tool within the WebEx platform (using cloud servers based in the U.S.), to be published on the Berghof Foundation’s website and social media channels for external communications purposes. You can find the Berghof Foundation’s data protection notice here. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Berghof Foundation's Data Protection Officer (data.protection@berghof-foundation.org).