Dr Helen Scanlon is the convenor of the Justice and Transformation Programme in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Between 2012 and 2015 she was the head of the Gender Studies Department at UCT. Until 2011 she was the Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice’s (ICTJ) Gender Justice Programme where she worked as a practitioner on issues of gender and post-conflict transformation. Before joining ICTJ, Helen was a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa, working on peace-building in Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in South African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her book Representation and Reality: Portraits of Women’s Lives examines gender and politics in South Africa during apartheid. She has published widely on the subject of gender, peacebuilding and transitional justice in Africa.