The story “Kidnapping a Candidate,” illuminated the issues that a lot of Latin American countries are currently dealing with or have dealt with in the past. I thought it was a very interesting exhibition because prior to reading it, I knew very little about Ingrid Betancourt. Learning about her struggle, and persistent fighting against the rebels definitely interested me, and later, helped me gain a better understanding of all of Latin America. When we discussed women’s movements throughout other countries in Latin America, I saw a lot of similarities to Betancourt’s struggles. Many of the groups grew from similar issues as Betancourt’s, like corruption of government, dangerous rebel groups, and the kidnapping and killing of innocent people. The idea of “militant motherhood” reminded me a lot of Ingrid Betancourt because of the powerful advocacy and the fearless pursuit of justice when going up against dangerous, powerful men. Ingrid Betancourt used very risky tactics, like handing out condoms and Viagra, to get her message across. Women’s movements in other countries also took risks, like Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo, coming together to speak out against the kidnappings in Argentina. I loved that both Betancourt and Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo, were not solely promoting advances for women, but working towards justice for all of their country’s people.
I also felt that the exhibit gave me more appreciation for El Grupo Cultural Yuyachkni’s performance of Antigona, because having a better understanding helped me make connections between the main character, Antigone and the past struggles of Latin American women. The “Kidnapping a Candidate,” story gave me a much deeper understanding of the Latin American Women’s movements and I am glad I had the opportunity to read about such a phenomenal women, setting the tone for the rest of my discoveries about Latin America.