Love, family values and reconciliation for all, but what about rights, justice and citizenship for women? The FSLN, the women's movement, and violence against women in Nicaragua

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Abstract

This article explores the apparent contradictions of the FSLN's commitment to both 'restoring' women's rights regarding violence against women and promoting Christian family values and reconciliation. It proposes an explanation based on the state's use of moral regulation to make a personified patriarchal social order seem normal by encouraging consent and, when necessary, applying coercion. Improved formal recognition of rights is belied by the continued inappropriate use of mediation and other practices that blame women, naturalise violence, and contribute to aggressors' impunity. Furthermore, the government has sanctioned aggressive tactics against feminists and women's organisations, who counter this social order with active citizenship. Adapted from the source document.

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  • FSLN
  • Moral regulation
  • Nicaragua
  • State
  • Violence against women
  • Women's movement

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  • Nadine Jubb

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