'The everyday work of repair': exploring the resilience of victims-/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence

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This interdisciplinary article uses what Das has termed ‘the everyday work of repair’ as a framework for thinking about resilience. It is not the first to discuss resilience and the everyday. What is novel is the context in which it does so. Extant scholarship on conflict-related sexual violence has largely overlooked the concept of resilience. Addressing this gap, the article draws on semi-structured interviews with victims-/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Colombia and Uganda to examine what everyday resilience ‘looks’ like and how it is expressed within and across highly diverse social ecologies. In so doing, it reflects on what everyday resilience means for transitional justice, through a particular focus on hybridity. It introduces the term ‘facilitative hybridity’, to underscore the need for transitional justice processes to give greater attention to the social ecologies that can crucially support and enable the everyday work of repair and everyday resilience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-493
JournalMillennium: Journal of International Studies
Early online date7 Dec 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the European Research Council under grant number 724518.

Funding Information:
I would like to thank the European Research Council for funding this research. Thank you also to Yoana Fernanda Nieto Valdivieso and Eunice Otuko Apio for their work in the field, and to the various in-country organisations that supported and facilitated the fieldwork in BiH, Colombia and Uganda. Finally, I wish to thank three anonymous reviewers for their extremely generous and helpful comments which greatly strengthened the article.

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© The Author(s) 2021.


  • conflict-related sexual violence
  • resilience
  • ‘the everyday work of repair‘

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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