Women’s Human Rights Groups in Latin America

  • Mariclaire Acosta
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter analyses how a group of women have become involved in the political process of El Salvador, in a situation of revolutionary conflict and massive repression.


Private Sector Security Force National Guard Political Prisoner Governmental Security 
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