The participation of Colombian women in the realm of politics dates
from the last several decades. Whereas young women who took up arms
and joined guerrilla movements are the focus of recent Colombian cinematic
representations, in this piece I combine the historical depiction of a
tumultuous political situation in the Urabá area of northern Colombia during
the 1990s with a textual analysis of a partial biography, Gloria Cuartas.
Por qué no tiene miedo (Marbel Sandoval Ordóñez, 1997). I propose that
Cuartas’s biography is of great historical value as it presents the challenges
endured by Colombian women who took part in politics or public service in
the 1990s. Gloria Cuartas stands out for her pursuit of equality and dignity
and her struggle for human rights. Her work in favor of the region’s pacification
also led to confrontations with the military-paramilitary authorities
who devalued her fight for social justice. In the act of vindicating Cuartas,
Sandoval Ordóñez has penned a feminist text in which the defense of human
rights, women’s rights, and pacifism are brought to the fore, challenging
the Colombian patriarchy.
Copyright © 2012-2013 Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe.
Editores: Ori Preuss; Nahuel Ribke
Instituto Sverdlin de Historia y Cultura de América Latina, Escuela de Historia
Universidad de Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv,
P.O.B. 39040 (69978), Israel.
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