The Strengths and Limits of the NGO Women's Movement Model: Shaping Nicaragua's Democratic Institutions


Ewig, Christina. 1999. “The Strengths and Limits of the NGO Women’s Movement Model: Shaping Nicaragua’s Democratic Institutions.” Latin American Research Review 34 (3): 75–102.

Author: Christina Ewig


This article examines the political interactions in Nicaragua between the NGO-based feminist movement and government institutions on the issue of women's health in the mid-1990s. Analysis of the Nicaraguan feminist movement yields insight into the ability of NGO-based movements to influence state policy and into the strengths and limits of using NGOs as an institutional base on which to build a social movement. By defining the mechanisms of state-NGO interactions and analyzing the democratic potential of an NGO-based social movement, this article contributes to understanding of both NGOs and social movements in the context of newly democratic governments.

Topics: Democracy / Democratization, Feminisms, Gender, Women, Governance, Health, NGOs, Political Participation Regions: Americas, Central America Countries: Nicaragua

Year: 1999

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