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.
Pathways to participation
The report is based on two-day discussions held in Colombia in April 2016, which brought together 25 women, including customary leaders, from 10 different indigenous communities across Colombia. The discussions formed one of three gender workshops exploring political settlement beyond elites, with workshops also taking place in Nepal in 2016 and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, in 2017. As part of the Political Settlements Research Project the workshops looked at how diverse groups in conflict-affected contexts understand and experience change in transition processes, in particular regarding access to security, and social and political goods.