Women Building Peace in Colombia: Isabel Polanco and Organización Femenina Popular (E)
This year KAIROS is celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) with the launch of a video on Isabel Caicedo Polanco and the work of KAIROS’ partner, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) in Colombia.
Isabel Caicedo Polanco is a woman of remarkable courage. She is a devoted daughter, mother, partner, community activist and human rights defender. She describes herself as an example of her community in Barrancabermeja, Colombia and of her organization, the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a KAIROS partner. Like so many women from marginalized communities in Colombia, Isabel is herself a victim of Colombia’s 50 year armed conflict. She lives in the region of Magdalena Medio which is rich in natural resources, especially oil and gold, but also extremely poor with a poverty rate that is nearly double the national average. This region was a focal point in
Isabel was displaced twice by the armed conflict, once after a horrific massacre in her neighbourhood and once because of her work as a human rights defender. Upon her return to Barrancabermeja, she received psycho-social and legal accompaniment from the OFP and participated in its educational programs and training. As a result, she is now herself a human rights defender and works with the OFP, supporting and training other women. Rachel Warden, rabble.ca