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Feminist Agendas and Democracy in Latin America

ISBN-10: 0822344491
ISBN-13: 9780822344490
Edition: 2009
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Description: Latin American women's movements played important roles in the democratic transitions in South America during the 1980s and in Central America during the 1990s. However, very little has been written on what has become of these movements and their  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Latin American women's movements played important roles in the democratic transitions in South America during the 1980s and in Central America during the 1990s. However, very little has been written on what has become of these movements and their agendas since the return to democracy. This timely collection examines how women's movements have responded to the dramatic political, economic, and social changes of the last twenty years. In these essays, leading scholar-activists focus on the various strategies women's movements have adopted and assess their successes and failures. The book is organized around three broad topics. The first, women's access to political power at the national level, is addressed by essays on the election of Michelle Bachelet in Chile, gender quotas in Argentina and Brazil, and the responses of the women's movement to the "Bolivarian Revolution" in Venezuela. The second topic, the use of legal strategies, is taken up in essays on women's rights across the board in Argentina, violence against women in Brazil, and gender in the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Peru. Finally, the international impact of Latin American feminists is explored through an account of their participation in the World Social Forum, an assessment of a Chilean-led project carried out by women's organizations in several countries to hold governments to the promises they made in Cairo and Beijing, and an account of cross-border organizing to address femicides and domestic abuse in the Juarez-El Paso border region. Jane S. Jaquette provides the historical and political context of women's movement activism in her introduction, and her conclusion draws on the essays to advance contemporary debates about feminism, civil society, and democracy.Contributors: Jutta Borner, Mariana Caminotti, Alina Donoso, Gioconda Espina, Jane S. Jaquette, Beatriz Kohen, Julissa Mantilla Falcoacute;n, Jutta Marx, Gabriela L. Montoya, Flaacute;via Piovesan, Marcela Riacute;os Tobar, Kathleen Staudt, Teresa Valdeacute;s, Virginia Vargas

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Feminism and The State
Feminist Politics in Contemporary Chile From The Democratic Transition To Bachelet
Gender Quotas, Candidate Selection, and Electoral Campaigns Comparing Argentina and Brazil
Feminist Activism in a Changing Political Context Venezuela
Legal Strategies and Democratic Institutions
The Effectiveness of Legal Strategies in Argentina
Violence against Women in Brazil International Litigation and Local Advances
Gender and Human Rights Lessons From The Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission
International and Cross-Border Activism
International Feminisms The World Social Forum
Social Accountability and Citizen Participation Are Latin American Governments Meeting Their Commitments To Gender Equity?
Violence and Activism at the Mexico-United States Border Women, Migration, and Obstacles To Justice
Feminist Activism and the Challenges of Democracy
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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