Master of Arts (MA)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
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Ana Maria Bidegain
Nicaragua, women's movement, 1979 Nicaraguan Revolution, Catholic Church, nongovernmental organizations, United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report, feminism, civic society building
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The purpose of this study was to identify the role of nongovernmental organizations in Nicaragua and their impact on the status of women. The study analyzed the status of women at the beginning of the revolution, starting in 1980. The study then examined the evolution of non-governmental organizations deriving from the original group named the Luisa Amanda Espinosa Association of Nicaraguan Women (AMNLAE). It then described the impact of non-governmental organizations on policy making and building civic societies. Ultimately, this study analyzed the status of women thirty years after the revolution and demonstrates through institutionalism that because of the effect of non-governmental organizations on society, the status of women has improved. It then concluded that nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations are necessary for building civic societies wherein gender equality is accepted.
Weeks, Monica, "The Effectiveness of Nongovernmental Organizations and their Impact on the Status of Women in Nicaragua" (2012). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 615.