AMNLAEAsociación de Mujeres Nicaraguenses Luisa Amanda Espinoza (Spanish: Luisa Amanda Espinoza Association of Nicaraguan Women)
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In Nicaragua, AMNLAE employs part-time Coordinators.
In 2011, CEMOPLAF reached 50,559 community members through information, education and communication activities, and AMNLAE, 52,440.
Although women had been part of the armed struggle since Spanish colonization, there was no women's movement in Nicaragua until the 1970's when the Patriotic Alliance of Nicaraguan Women was formed (AMNLAE, 1986a).
The scope of AMPRONAC was broadened and its name changed to the Luisa Amanda Espinoza Association of Nicaraguan Women (AMNLAE).
(10) AMNLAE had 85,000 card-carrying members by 1985.
The women's movement is probably stronger today than ten years ago with the Nicaraguan Women's Association (AMNLAE) strengthened and many new organizations on the scene, including several which have clearly labeled themselves as feminist.
For instance, the Frente's jealous management of AMNLAE is seen by many as having thwarted the emergence of an autonomous pro-Sandinista women's movement.
From first being officially identified with and reduced to AMNLAE, the female arm of the Sandinistas, the women's movement has dramatically expanded and now encompasses activities varying from communal soup kitchens and women's economic collectives to women's centres offering comprehensive medical, psychological, and legal support for victims of domestic violence.
The fact that so many women do abort, despite the danger, indicates that AMNLAE may have misread its surveys of women's attitudes.
During the darkest years of the war, 1984 and 1985, AMNLAE devoted most of its energy to supporting the defense effort, leading some women to grumble that it had become an association of the mothers, wives, and girlfriends of soldiers and the war dead.
Since AMNLAE lacks formal membership, its visibility is mainly due to its leadership and staff.