Woman to Woman CampaignPrimary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1983

Medium: Offset printed

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 28.5 ”

The US wide Woman to Woman campaign provided funds to support the women’s associations in El Salvador and Nicaragua. The Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) was fighting a national liberation war against the US backed military government in El Salvador. Women made up 40% of the FMLN. They were commanders, fighters, doctors, and teachers. By 1984, the FMLN had formed six women’s associations throughout El Salvador to provide political education, self-defense training and teach women new job skills as well centers for caring for refugee children which came together under AMES. (Women’s Association of El Salvador).

In 1981 the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in Nicaragua was fighting an insurgent war against counter-revolutionary groups (CONTRAS) directed by the CIA. Despite being under attack by the US they slashed illiteracy by 80%, distributed 1.7 million acres of land to 31,000 families and made healthcare a right. In 1979, women companeras founded the Nicaraguan women’s association (AMNLAE) which established childcare centers, heath brigades, community laundries, dining rooms and set up job training programs for women in non-traditional fields.

Image: Three photographs of women in center with slanted blue and red banners above and below.

Words: WOMAN TO WOMAN. Campaign to Support the Women’s Associations of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Color: Black red and blue ink on white paper

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