Dissertation Defense: Maneshka Eliatamby - When the Tiger was a Woman - Presentation: Unraveling the Myth and Comprehending the Complexities of the Female Combatant in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Conventional narratives concerning violent conflict portray women as more likely to choose non-violence over violence, their roles limited to victim or peacemaker. These portrayals capture a partial truth. This dissertation explicates the structural, cultural and individual factors that contribute to determining when and why the combatant is a woman. Through a study of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, it excavates around the varying myths and mystique of the female combatant, revealing the complex phenomenon of why the Tiger was a woman.
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