'Like Going to a Fiesta’ - the Role of Female Fighters in Colombia’s FARC


Herrera, Natalie, and Douglas Porch. 2008. “'Like Going to a Fiesta’ - The Role of Female Fighters in Colombia’s FARC.” Small Wars & Insurgencies 19 (4): 609-34.

Authors: Natalie Herrera, Douglas Porch


Traditionally women and children have been seen as victims rather than protagonists in conflict. However, since the 1970s, women and children have assumed an active role as combatants in Colombian insurgencies. This is especially true of the FARC-EP, which integrates women into its political and military structure in ways that give them a sense of participation, accomplishment and satisfaction. Without their contributions, including sexual services, the FARC could probably not survive. However, despite their favourable experiences, many women ultimately become disillusioned with the FARC's masculine culture and value system that fails to accommodate their aspirations as women.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Combatants, Child Soldiers, Female Combatants, Gender, Women, Girls, Boys, Masculinity/ies, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Non-State Armed Groups, Political Participation, Sexual Violence, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Colombia

Year: 2008

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