This article is the third of the six articles to be published by the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) during the six week Gender & Militarism Campaign. The Gender & Militarism Campaign advocates for awareness and action around the multi-layered connections between gender and militarism, and highlight gender-sensitive nonviolent action (people power) as a powerful alternative to address conflict. In this installment, Rubén Reyes Jirón recounts his experience in the war between the Sandinistas and the Contras in Nicaragua. He reflects on the different expectations of men and women by the Sandinista government, the values that were placed on women’s lives and sexualities, and the connection between heterosexual masculinity and power.
It was first published in the WPP May 24 Pack “Gender & Militarism: Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace” (July 2014).
The full May 24 pack can be located below at the following address: https://www.