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Donny Meertens

Former Fellow


    September 3, 2013 — May 23, 2014

    Professional affiliation

    Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Women´s Access to Land under Colombia´s Victims Law: Practice and Theory of Transitional Justice, Gender and Development"

    Full Biography

    Donny Meertens, PhD in Social Science (Nijmegen University, The Netherlands), is a social anthropologist (MA University of Amsterdam), with a long research history in Colombia. Currently Associate Professor at Javeriana University (Bogotá, Colombia) in the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, she has been co-founder and Associate Professor in the School for Gender Studies, at National University of Colombia; Gender Adviser at UNHCR´s office in Colombia; UNIFEM’s (now UNWomen) Programme Officer on Peace and Security for the Andean Region; and Rapporteur on “Violent Land Seizures and Peasant Resistance” for the Historical Memory Group of the National Commission on Reparations and Reconciliation. Her current research topics focus on: gender and transitional justice (truth, justice and reparations); women and land rights; protection of women’s rights in forced internal displacement; gender and historical memory; access to justice for indigenous and peasant women.

    Major Publications

    Sánchez, Gonzalo and Donny Meertens, 2001, Bandits, Peasants, and Politics: The Case of "La Violencia" in Colombia, University of Texas Press, Austin

    Meertens, Donny and Margarita Zambrano, 2010, Citizenship Deferred: The Politics of Victimhood, Land Restitution and Gender Justice in the Colombian (Post?) Conflict, International Journal of Transitional Justice 4 (2): 189-206, July

    Meertens, Donny, 2012, Forced Displacement and Gender Justice in Colombia: Between Disproportional Effects of Violence and Historical Injustice,