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This book discusses the experiences of women negotiating conflict and post-conflict situations to deliver transformative peace. Inspired by the vision and values of women of the South Asian Peace Network, this volume fills a critical gap in the global Women, Peace and Security (WPS) discourse. The chapters focus on the region's multifaceted experiences and feminist expertise on women negotiating post-war/post-conflict situations structured around interlinked themes - women, participation and peacebuilding; militarization and violent peace; and justice, impunity, and accountability.
Chapter 13: Against Forgetting: Gendered Justice in “Post-conflict” Bangladesh
Against Forgetting: Gendered Justice in “Post-conflict” Bangladesh
Mapping the Terrain of Gender Justice
In this essay, I map the terrain of gendered justice for women at the margins of the nation today, taking the abduction and as yet unresolved disappearance, over 20 years ago, of the outspoken indigenous rights activist, Kalpana Chakma,1 as a signpost. The trajectory of her case points to the asymmetric political, historical, and cultural landscapes traversed by Pahari/Jumma women, imagined as “outside the Bengali nation,” (emphasis added) in relation to their Bengali counterparts. Without wishing to overstate its significance, I also explore the multiple and continuing reverberations of this missing female body on mainstream feminist politics.
In a broader ...