Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Latin American and Caribbean Studies

First Advisor's Name

Astrid Arrarás

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Ana María Bidegain

Third Advisor's Name

Vrushali Patil


Colombia, women's movement, social movement, feminism, media, representation, communication

Date of Defense



The purpose of this research is to analyze how the media in Colombia covers the events and campaigns of the pacifist women’s movement La Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres. The movement was formed in 1996 to draw attention to violence against women and to call for a negotiated end to Colombia’s internal armed conflict through peaceful demonstrations. The study uses a series of semi-structured interviews with members of the movement and a content analysis of major print media stories about the movement to analyze press coverage and forms of representation. The analysis finds that large, powerful media outlets based in the country’s principal cities largely ignore the movement, while smaller, local media outlets based in provincial regions and alternative media outlets cover the movement’s activities and campaigns. La Ruta Pacífica has developed media strategies to foster friendly media relations when possible and to work without any media attention when necessary.





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