After more than half a century of civil war, a peace agreement has been concluded in Colombia. Guerrilla groups, paramilitary organisations and the government are now discussing how to implement disarmament and bring about reconciliation. Colombia’s rural regions have been particularly hard hit by the civil war and the illegal drug trade. Far from the capital, local actors hold sway, and it will be difficult to take steps towards peaceful coexistence. For two decades, Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres, a women’s rights organisation, has been campaigning for peace. Amanda Camilo Ibarra understands the issues well. She is a teacher and represents Ruta Pacífica in Putumayo, in the south of the country, where fighting was fierce. Development and Cooperation
The debates and transformations on the gender approach in the Peace Agreement come hand in hand with important challenges and potential for women's and LGBTI organizations, not only in accompanying the implementation of the agreement, but also in persevering in the objective of the gender approach and the promotion of non-discrimination as non-negotiable for peacebuilding." Gender Focus
Saving lives by clearing minefields. Second lieutenant Jéssica Alejandra Molina Figueroa, a civil engineer from Universidad Militar de Nueva Granada, will be the first Colombia woman to lead highly specialized teams in the dangerous task of clearing antipersonnel mines throughout the nation. Canal Institucional.
In Chocó, where 2 out 3 residents are considered victims, the voices for reconciliation and the drive to put Colombia’s bloody past behind it are the loudest. In Bojaya, a northern town where FARC massacred 80 people, a group of religious singers known as "The Alabaoras" (praisers) participated in two events for reconciliation that included the presence of FARC's “Ivan Marquez,” who bears ultimate reponsability for the attack that forever destroyed the town as it was -- via Colombia Reports