My research question is: How did gendered violence in Argentina’s Dirty War lead to the development of the female-led Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo movement, and how has gender affected the way this movement has been perceived? This research is significant because the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is still an active human rights and peace organization today, continuing to work on issues of justice and family reunification left over from the Dirty War. The family reunification issue is especially tied to gender-based violence during the conflict, so investigating this violence is important for understanding the origins of the Mothers’ movement and their continued activism today. I also hope to investigate how this female-led movement has been perceived by different groups such as the Argentine government, society, or the international community over time and how that has affected their work.
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