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
Mid-rank FARC commander Adriana stands in front of a banner which reads: “Welcome to a territory of peace.” Born in central Tolima, Adriana took a bus to northern Colombia to join the FARC when she was 20 years old: “I came from a poor family with limited resources, and I was unable to finish my studies. I wanted to dedicate myself to a cause, and I was concerned about the social and economic problems in this country.” Now, nearly 20 years later, she tells us: “I am more convinced than ever that joining was a good decision. Here, we work collectively to achieve peace and social justice for the Colombian people. When there is no more misery and unemployment, then there will be peace.” (Photo: Julia Zulver.) Open Democracy
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Georgetown audience today that “advancing the rights and full participation of women and girls is the great unfinished business of the 21st century.” The former presidential candidate’s remarks were part of the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security ceremony, hosted annually by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS). Clinton presented four awards in a packed Gaston Hall to Colombians who played a crucial role in the 2016 historic peace agreement that ended over five decades of conflict in their country. Georgetown University
"As we begin to transform from guerrilla fighters into civilian women, I allowed myself to imagine what our life will be like in the medium term, once our project consolidates. Whatever direction we take, I'm sure that we will definitely not be exchanging our guns for brooms." Sarah Luna Nariño, FARC-EP. Farianas
In 2015, nearly 41,000 women reported suffering abuse at the hands of their partners, with 80 percent of attacks occurring inside the home, according to Colombia's National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. [...] One woman is killed every four days in Colombia. Many are victims of femicide - a killing of a woman by a man because of her gender - often at the hands of a former or current partner. Reuters
This report explores the historic experience of indigenous women in Colombia – a group usually absent from political decision-making processes – and how formal and customary institutions impact their inclusion in Colombia’s political settlement. It charts the emergence of different pathways for change for indigenous women, including the evolution of women’s engagement in the Colombian peace process as well as the inclusion of gender and ethnic minority issues in negotiations. The report looks at how the peace process is an opportunity for indigenous women to play a key role in peacebuilding and the reconfiguration of the political settlement in Colombia. Via Conciliation Resources. To download Report.
“As a woman and a representative leader of women in the community, being part of this process has given me more strength, and I have emerged, I am now a visible person, and I feel that I am an example for other women to follow and that we recognise the importance of organising ourselves because we united women are able to make our homes and children prosper. We contribute a lot, and we are the centre of the community.” Jesuit Refugee Service
The former secretary of state and presidential nominee returned to Washington, D.C., in late March to present awards to four Colombian peacemakers who played a key role in achieving last year’s peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, ending the longest-running conflict in the Western hemisphere. [...] Most of Hillary’s speech was spent using empirical evidence to present a consistent, classic message: Including women in peace processes is strategic and necessary. Sojourners