To Ensure a Successful, Lasting Peace: Put Women at Center of Colombia Peacebuilding
“We reaffirm the importance of further strengthening scenarios for the participation of women in the country and a real commitment to mainstreaming the gender approach in the implementation of the final accord,” the office of the government’s high peace commission said in a statement. The U.N. Women agency says having women at the negotiating table increases the chance of a peace agreement lasting 15 years by 35 percent, while ensuring they play a key role in constructing peace also raises the chances that it will last.
Colombia’s peace accord pledges to improve access to land for women farmers through a land bank and subsidies.It also promises to investigate military forces or rebel fighters who raped women. About 20,000 Colombians, most of them women and girls, have been victims of rape and sexual violence, a weapon used by all sides in Colombia’s war, government data shows. Relief Web