Maternal Protest in Argentina: Transforming the Global Human Rights Landscape

Lisa Baldez

April 17, 2012

UMass Boston

When a handful of women first gathered to protest the disappearance of their children at the hands of the Argentine military government, they could not have predicted that their actions would change the global landscape of human rights. Why did the mobilization of mothers and grandmothers spur the formation of a powerful human rights movement in Argentina? Under what conditions will an appeal to motherhood generate a powerful political response?

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