After the Revolution: Gender and Democracy in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala
By: Ilja A. Luciak (author)Paperback
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"Gender equality and meaningful democratization are inextricably linked," writes Ilja Luciak. "The democratization of Central America requires the full incorporation of women as voters, candidates, and office holders." In After the Revolution: Gender and Democracy in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, Luciak shows how former guerrilla women in three Central American countries made the transition from insurgents to mainstream political players in the democratization process. Examining the role of women in the various stages of revolutionary and national politics, Luciak begins with women as participants and leaders in guerrilla movements. Women contributed greatly to the revolutionary struggle in all three countries, but thereafter many similarities ended. In Guatemala, ideological disputes reduced women's political effectiveness at both the intra-party and national levels. In Nicaragua, although women's rights became a secondary issue for the revolutionary party, women were nonetheless able to put the issue on the national agenda. In El Salvador, women took leading roles in the revolutionary party and were able to incorporate women's rights into a broad reform agenda.
Luciak cautions that while active measures to advance the political role of women have strengthened formal gender equality, only the joint efforts of both sexes can lead to a successful transformation of society based on democratic governance and substantive gender equality.
Ilja A. Luciak is professor and chair of the department of political science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of The Sandinista Legacy: Lessons from a Political Economy in Transition.
Contents:List of Tables Preface and Acknowledgments List of AcronymsChapter 1: The Gender Composition of the Central American Guerrilla Movements Chapter 2: Gender Equality and the Central American Peace Accords Chapter 3: Voices from the Salvadoran Grass Roots: A Case Study of San Jose Las Flores, Meanguera, and San Esteban Catarina Chapter 4: The Vanguard in Search of a New Identity: Incipient Democratization Chapter 5: Transforming the Party: Gender Equality in the Revolutionary Left Chapter 6: Gender Equality and Recent ElectionsConclusion Gender Equality and DemocratizationNotes Bibliography Index
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