As Colombia undertakes the challenging task of implementing a peace deal signed in 2016, we’re working with our Colombian partner CIASE to ensure that the views and opinions of different sectors of society are included.
Indigenous communities were some of the worst affected by the armed conflict in Colombia. Much of the conflict took place within indigenous territories, and women in particular were disproportionally affected by the violence and displacement.
The peace agreement acknowledges the impact of the conflict on indigenous communities, and ensures that they will be included in the implementation of the peace process. However, indigenous women in particular have few opportunities to participate in formal political debate or the monitoring of the process.
Working alongside CIASE, we’ve been supporting a new network of women from 10 different indigenous groups across Colombia. The network – the National Coordination of Indigenous Women in Colombia (CONAMIC) - promotes the rights and active participation of indigenous women within and outside their communities. Conciliation Resources has been supporting CONAMIC to develop their organisational structure and strategy, to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement, and to ensure indigenous rights are taken into account.
Youth, women and gender and sexual minorities
Our long-term partner in Colombia, CIASE, is a feminist organisation whose goal is to support democratic, responsible, just, equal and sustainable societies where conflicts are negotiated with consideration of rights for all.
We work with CIASE, to help them increase government and other decision-makers’ understanding of the experiences and needs of women, sexual and gender minorities and young people.
Over several years, CIASE has supported the development of the Women, Peace and Security Collective – a discussion platform for 27 networks, groups and NGOs. Through this collective, CIASE is helping to raise awareness of the youth, peace and security agenda among young women members and help them articulate their own vision for the future, and share their needs and ideas with policymakers in Bogata.
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