Central American women's organizations: Two case studies of political participation
AuthorMcQuerry, Elizabeth, 1964-
KeywordsWomen -- Central America -- Societies and clubs.
Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (Guatemala)
AdvisorWilliams, Edward J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractGuatemala's Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM) and the Asociacion de Mujeres Nicaraguenses Luisa Amanda Espinoza (AMNLAE) in Nicaragua exemplify the resurgence of social movements arising from the turmoil in Central America. They are female collective agents pursuing the self-defined interests of their membership. Via humanitarian activism, the GAM struggles to locate the desaparecidos, while AMNLAE exercises institutional activism as a means to incorporate women and promote gender-specific interests. Women in both groups became active to protect "practical gender interests" and, as a result, women's level of consciousness is growing but the acquisition of a gender awareness does not necessarily follow political conscientization. The growing level of political participation and consciousness provides the women with training to become active and efficacious participants in the dynamics of their country.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Latin American Studies