COVITE develops and promotes research that aims to document and contextualize the history of terrorism in order to pass it on to younger generations; and to promote actions in the justice field to ensure that victims are guaranteed their right to justice.
The present study has been carried out by the lawyer and international consultant Irene Muñoz Escandell. The investigation’s main objective is to promote the insertion of the gender dimension in the norms, policies, programs and projects for the protection, recognition and memory of the victims of terrorism. This implies being aware of how gender relations are articulated in all spheres and how they create and perpetuate inequalities between women and men, as well as how this will also have consequences in the course of their lives after having suffered an attack. In short, the adoption of the gender perspective implies assuming that neutrality does not exist in any area of human life and it is necessary to take this into account in order not to generate bankruptcies in the rights of people.
The study’s specific objective is to develop effective management standards, models and principles that incorporate gender analysis in the practice of the different social agents:
● Technical staff of the Public Administrations and entities or agents that participate in one way or another in the design and management of policies, programs or projects aimed directly or indirectly at the protection, recognition and memory of the victims of terrorism;
● Personnel from the academic, educational and institutional world that deals with the dissemination of memory in the matter of terrorism, as well as the sensitization and awareness in this regard and the prevention of violent radicalization;
● Political leaders who have in their hands the approval of regulations, which are a reflection of public policies.
At the same time, it is hoped that this document constitutes an instrument of awareness and sensitization for the victims of terrorism themselves and the population in general. In this sense, the consideration of gender inequalities as a social problem in which the victims of terrorism do not constitute, so to speak, an “exempt group” will allow not only to make the problem visible, but also to determine its causes and, therefore, carry out the necessary actions to deal with it and eliminate or reduce its consequences.