FARC leader Gloria Martínez was detained as she was traveling to Cucuta to present an academic paper on women and gender. She is also a member of the national team of Pedagogy of Peace and was head of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism of Bucaramanga, according to Timochenko. The group that she belongs to, Mujeres Farianas, asked the United Nations to demand that the Colombian government comply with the peace agreement.TeleSur
Colombia.- Native Colombian women have created a council seeking increased political participation in the peace process in their communities and throughout the country. Indigenous Colombian women consider that they've had to face "armed conflict, psychological violence" and even "conflicts within their homes", said Margarita Rodríguez, a native representative, who recently announced that creation by their organization of a women's peace council. 2do Enfoque
The women, says [Alejandra] Miller Restrepo, “remained anything but passive … [acted] as mediators in regional ceasefires, took down testimonies of victims, set up solidarity networks and, alongside the official negotiations, organized civil-society-run regional and local events, during which the peace process was discussed.” Indeed, the rallying cry today in Colombia, emerging after decades of violent conflict, is “No Peace without Women!” Which might well be the cry of women in Marawi, in the rest of Mindanao, and throughout the country. Opinion inquirer
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
The peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrilla has provided a unique opportunity not only to reunite a society torn apart by conflict, but also to build a more just peace that responds to the needs and rights of both men and women. The establishment of the Sub-commission on Gender as part of the formal peace architecture has turned out to be an effective instrument for gender inclusion in the peace process. [...] Experiences from Colombia offer valuable insights for other peace processes on opportunities for and challenges affecting inclusion. ETH Zürich
The programme seeks to ensure that rural women, especially young, indigenous, and Afro-Colombian women, lead and influence peacebuilding processes and contribute to reducing inequality in Colombia. Its specific objective is to strengthen women’s organizations and support transformative leadership of rural women, particularly their ability to influence policies, promote peacebuilding and rural development agendas, and to reduce inequality. The programme specifically targets rural women with an emphasis on young women from ethnic groups and includes a focus on the following thematic areas: violence against women and girls; access to safe water; care work; fiscal justice; land rights; livelihoods; and peacebuilding. This last area is particularly important, considering the gap in the peace agreement around rural women’s rights and agency. Relief Web. Download report here.
"Increasingly, research is showing strong correlations between peace, security, and a society’s treatment of women. More than levels of wealth, democracy, or ethno-religious factors, the best predictor of a state’s peacefulness and stability is how well it treats its women." Dr. Virginia Bouvier, Gender and the Role of Women in Colombia's Peace Process
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