Impact of Disappearances on Women: An Interview with Kelli Muddell

8/22/2013

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Photo: Ernestina Enriquez Fierro walks at the front of a group of marchers during an International Women's Day march organized by mothers of disappeared daughters from the border city of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico City, March 2013. Fierro's daughter, Adriana Sarmiento Enriquez, 15, disappeared on January 2008 and her body was found in Nov. 2009. Authorities returned the body to her mother in 2011. AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills.


During times of conflict, there are many reasons why individuals may go missing or are left unaccounted for. But the practice of enforced disappearances is a particularly chilling one and usually involves the targeted abduction and “disappearing” of political dissidents or opponents of a particular regime. Forced disappearances are devastating tools of fear, repression and intimidation, and have occurred in countries as diverse as El Salvador, Lebanon, and Nepal.

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To mark the International Day of the Disappeared, ICTJ's Hannah Dunphy talks with Kelli Muddell, director of ICTJ's Gender Justice program, who explains how and why the crime of disappearances is affecting women around the world. She also explains how transitional justice mechanisms can work with women to bring justice and redress for the victims of this disturbing practice. This podcast is part of ICTJ's observance of the International Day of the Disappeared.