The project contributes to the resolution of social and political conflict and the construction of peace in Colombia. The objective is that women affected by the internal armed conflict are strengthened as actors in the construction and consolidation of peace, in the framework of the peace dialogue between the government of Colombia and insurgent groups which started in September 2012.
In September, 2012, the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, announced the initiation of peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The news renewed hope for an end to the internal armed conflict that began in the 1960s and has been fueled by the fight for the control of land and territories, a situation which is reflected in the use of forced displacement as a weapon of war. The project responds to the concerns and requests for support that have arisen during the months following the announcement of peace talks, particularly those related to ensuring women´s participation in the peace process; addressing perceived tensions between peace and justice; and analyzing the potential implications of the peace process for the economic situation of rural and displaced women in the post-conflict scenario.
The project activities combine workshops to strengthen women’s practical knowledge of their rights; the systematization and qualification of women’s proposals for peace and to fulfill the demand for the rights to truth, justice and reparation; support for women’s participation in events, encounters and pro-peace activities; and a communications and advocacy strategy to publicize and position the proposals, making use of audiovisual material that will be made available via the web pages and social networks of the partners and allied organizations.
At least 450 women affiliated with Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres and Mujeres por la Paz in nine regions of the country, and 150 displaced women accompanied by Mencoldes, will benefit directly from participation in workshops to reinforce their knowledge of rights and improve the quality of their proposals regarding transitional justice and women’s economic participation post-conflict.
The sustainability of the project is foreseen by integrating a network of women organizations in order to track the Colombian state´s compliance with the recommendations of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The visibility of this project is set in empowering women to take control of their own security
We aim to achieve two results: 1. Women affected by the conflict improve the quality of rights-based proposals in public opinion and at the negotiating table. 2. Project Counselling Service (PCS) and partner organizations contribute to tracking the Colombian state's compliance with the UN-SCR-1325. It contributes to . refining, systematization and positioning of peace proposals developed by women affected by the internal armed conflict at the regional and national level. . monitoring and analysis of the Colombian state´s compliance with recommendations of the UN-SCR-1325.