Issues of gender and violence are finally beginning to be studied through global perspectives and comparative methods, often with disturbing results.
A trial in Argentina has presented evidence of abductions of the children by Argentinian military officers in order to prevent retaliation by their political enemies. An estimated 500 babies were abducted during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The stolen babies included boys but many of the victims were girls, and gendered violence seems to have been directed against the abducted babies’ mothers.
Similar cases of military abductions of children in Franco’s Spain have recently emerged. The New York Times reports on the Argentinian abductions and trial.
Students in the WOMS program at Northern Illinois University may be interested in this story and related research on gender and violence.