Exploring a Feminist Analysis of Truth Recovery: Creating a Better Future

11/02/2010 - 09:30
11/02/2010 - 15:30


  • What has happened?
  • How do we ensure it never happens again?
  • How effective are truth recoveries?
  • How do you recover the past to create a better future?

On the 11 February Hanna’s House is hosting the fourth in its series of seminars on ‘A feminist analysis of peace building’.   This seminar is focused on Truth Recovery and will explore gendered experiences of war and abuse and examine the significance or limitations, of truth recovery processes, for enabling the acknowledgment of women’s experiences of war and violence; bringing justice for violations and the potential for transformation.

Format of the day:
The seminar will consist of two panels, the morning panel is on ‘Truth Recovery and the Irish Conflict’ and the afternoon panel is on ‘Truth Recovery and Institutional Abuse’.  The speakers will include:

Dawn Purvis, Leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Northern Ireland Assembly;

Andrée Murphy, Deputy Director of Relatives for Justice;                                                                               

Dr Ger Moane, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University College Dublin;    

Bernadette Fahy, Therapist and Author of Freedom of Angels: Childhood in Goldenbridge Orphanage;

Dr Margaret Ward, Director of the Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Belfast;         

Claire Hackett, Policy and Development Worker, Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium.

The keynote speaker is Professor Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin who is concurrently the Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and a Professor of Law at the University of Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast.  Fionnuala was a representative of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97) and in 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making.  She has been nominated twice by the Irish government to the European Court of Human Rights, in 2004 and 2007, the first woman and the first academic lawyer to be thus nominated. She was appointed by the Irish Minister of Justice to the Irish Human Rights Commission in 2000 and served until 2005. She remains an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Belfast-based Committee on the Administration of Justice, and is also a member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

Venue and Timings:
The seminar will take place in the Guinness Storehouse from 10.30 to 3.30pm, with registration from 9.30.  If you are interested in attending this event please email hannashouse@nwci.ie to add your name to the delegate list.  Refreshments will be supplied.  The seminar is free and numbers are limited, so do please register as early as possible.  For more information about all our seminars and our Summer School which will take place on the weekend of 27, 28, 29 August, please refer to our website: www.hannashouse.net

Hanna's House mission is to mobilise the collective energy of women to work towards feminist ideals of justice, equality and non-violence.