Document 10.2 Revolutionary Women’s Law (Published in El Despertador Mexicano, January 1, 1994)

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This extract highlights the ideology of The Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional (EZLN), a military group with a guerilla-like structure whom address their attention on the need to fight for the liberation of their people (The Mexican people).

In this document, they refer to their incorporation of women into their revolutionary struggle for Women’s Revolutionary Law. According to them, Women are to be given the same amount of rights and freedom as men are. Women in Mexico and the rest of Latin America have experienced great amounts of ordeals for centuries, as they have been oppressed by society’s views where women are to be “seen and not heard”. However, the EZLN were among the first to make a change for women and knew exactly how to support them in order to increase their popularity in Mexico.

One of the door-opening reasons for their triumph were that race, creed, color or political affiliation was irrelevant in terms of having a right to participate in this revolutionary struggle. Therefore, any woman could join the party with the hope that women can be entitled to their rights and liberty. Women could choose whom to marry, how many children they would have, and were entitled to do anything a man could legally do. This would ultimately open-up many opportunities for women, which is the reason as to why the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional became popular among the Mexican people, including men and women. This “Revolutionary Struggle for Women” was the main reason for EZLN’s success.