Antígonas colombianas: Gloria Cuartas. Por qué no tiene miedo

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Rocha, C. (2021). Antígonas colombianas: Gloria Cuartas. Por qué no tiene miedo. Estudios Interdisciplinarios De América Latina Y El Caribe, 32(1), 7-25. Retrieved from


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.

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