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Search for Justice - The Sri Lanka Papers
Published by Zubaan
At the end of a quarter century of conflict, over 100,000 Sri Lankans have died and thousands of survivors have been victims of sexual violence. The subsequent cry for justice cannot be ignored. In The Search for Justice, a collection of writers and activists look to history and contemporary politics to examine the root causes of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. Offering an analysis of the polarizations created around ethnic and linguistic identities during the war years and an examination of the routine violence toward women, the authors argue powerfully that Sri Lankan women must not be treated only as victims, but as potential and actual agents of change. Edited by Kumari Jayawardena and Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, the volume points to a hitherto unaddressed aspect of sexual violence: that of the structures and systems that enable impunity on the part of perpetrators. Whether they are security personnel and paramilitary forces, members of armed groups and gangs, local politicians and police, or, often, ordinary citizens including close family members, perpetrators operate with impunity. The Search for Justice is a compelling new installment in the Zubaan Series on Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia.
Kumari Jayawardena teaches in the masters program in women's studies at Colombo University, Sri Lanka. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations: Two Centuries of Power and Protest. Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena is a lawyer and media columnist and the author of A Legacy to Remember: Sri Lanka's Commissions of Inquiry.
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