Over 4,000 FARC members will train in solidarity economy, confirmed the Minister of Labor, Griselda Janeth Restrepo Gallego, in a conversation with Caracol's Radio Diálogo 6AM Hoy por Hoy. He said that a total of 110 officials from the Unidad de Organizaciones Solidarias will go to the Territorial Spaces for Training and Reincorporation to provide training in solidarity economics to FARC members. Caracol Radio
"The peace agreement includes 122 measures to recognize the differential impact of women in Colombia's armed conflict and 19 to recognize the LGBTI population. [...] Today, the mentions of gender and LGBTI communities in the agreements have increased quantitatively. However, because of the manipulation of some sectors, many congressmen are afraid to put the word gender in the agreements fearing they may create some problems with some people. LBGTI activist Marcela Sánchez as interviewed by Pacifista!.
In the transitional demobilization area of La Elvira, in the Western mountain range near the place where [FARC commander] Alfonso Cano fell, former FARC guerrillas [...] received their degrees as peace builders. Present were Tania, the Dutch guerrilla fighter; Boris, personal security of Alfonso Cano; Anderley Sánchez and Astrid Motoa, with Lucas Carvajal, in charge of the educational activities of the FARC Western Block. One by one they received their diploma. Las2Orillas
The feeling that the implementation of the agreements between the Government and the FARC is on the right track seems widespread. Even so, there is also widespread concern regarding the lack of presence of the State in areas where FARC had a historical presence. At least this was evidenced during the Third "Cátedra de la Policía", held this past Thursday in Bogotá. El Espectador
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"What will happen to over 7,000 FARC weapons? They will be destroyed. Part of the metal obtained will be used to build three monuments -- in Colombia, Cuba and New York -- while a significant amount will be donated to the Humanium-Metal project, promoted by the Swedish Development Partner, which plans to make an official announcement. The final goal is to turn weapons into symbolic objects of various kinds which will be sold as a means to commemorate Colombia's Peace and Reconciliation." El País
Thirty four FARC guerrillas started on June 12 a process to validate and complete their formal education in the Llanogrande Transitional camp, in Dabeiba, Antioquia. They are supported by a group of volunteers who've traveled from the city of Manizales. [...] Of these, 90% lack formal studies -- according to estimates from their commanders. The volunteers agree on that, based on their survey to assess educational needs of the area. Most of them are young people who did not finish elementary school, others never even set foot in a school. [...] Unlike other areas where guerrillas came from urban centers and some brought some skills, in Dabeiba most of the fighters are of peasant origins. Colombia Plural
But while the state rolls out its new security strategy, the 90 percent of the peace deal that focuses on improving life for the Colombian population is being stalled by politics. One of the compromises made following the rejection of the original deal in a public referendum last October was that congress would have to vote on the individual points of the agreement, slowing its implementation. Of the many laws included in the signed peace accords, those that have been passed so far have largely favored armed actors. Those surrounding agricultural innovation, land usage and congressional seats for particularly conflict-ridden communities, have yet to be passed.[...] Even with the FARC disarmed, this new report offers further evidence that the peace deal is now facing at least two major obstacles: violence in vulnerable rural communities, and legal delays.Mimi Yagoub, Insight Crime