By Ilja A. Luciak

ISBN-10: 0801867800

ISBN-13: 9780801867804

"Gender equality and significant democratization are inextricably linked," writes Ilja Luciak. "The democratization of vital the United States calls for the entire incorporation of girls as citizens, applicants, and place of work holders." In After the Revolution: Gender and Democracy in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, Luciak exhibits how former guerrilla ladies in 3 primary American nations made the transition from insurgents to mainstream political gamers within the democratization process.

Examining the function of girls within the numerous phases of innovative and nationwide politics, Luciak starts off with ladies as contributors and leaders in guerrilla hobbies. ladies contributed significantly to the progressive fight in all 3 international locations, yet thereafter many similarities ended. In Guatemala, ideological disputes diminished women's political effectiveness at either the intra-party and nationwide degrees. In Nicaragua, even supposing women's rights grew to become a secondary factor for the innovative occasion, ladies have been still in a position to placed the problem at the nationwide schedule. In El Salvador, girls took top roles within the innovative social gathering and have been in a position to include women's rights right into a wide reform schedule. Luciak cautions that whereas energetic measures to improve the political position of ladies have reinforced formal gender equality, simply the joint efforts of either sexes may end up in a winning transformation of society in keeping with democratic governance and major gender equality.

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So I stayed. I couldn’t see my daughter until a year later. Unlike its Nicaraguan counterpart, the FMLN did not explicitly address women’s rights in its early programs and pronouncements. FMLN militants attribute this to several factors: strong religious influence, the predominantly rural background of the FMLN base, and the culture of machismo that inhibited even strong female leaders. Other studies have confirmed that religion, in the form of Liberation Theology, had a considerable impact on gender relations within Central American guerrilla movements.

The controversy over the part female combatants played is part of the larger question of gender relations during the war. There is a tendency among some protagonists and students of the Central American revolutions to glorify male-female relations during the war. Although there were important changes in gender relations, on the whole, the subordination of women prevalent in prewar society continued. When women speak freely of their participation in the war, critical testimonies tend to predominate.

8%) were between sixteen and twenty. 7%) fighters were over forty. The great majority (84%) had three years or less of primary education. Not surprisingly, only 42 Contras had university diplomas. 44 These statistics illustrate the challenge of incorporating such a force into civil society. The Guatemalan Experience: Two Generations of Female Combatants The Guatemalan guerrillas initiated their struggle around the same time that the Sandinistas set up their movement. While the Sandinista struggle ended in 1979 with the overthrow of the Somoza regime, however, the URNG’s fight continued on for close to two decades.

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