Alongside our partner CIASE in Colombia, Conciliation Resources is supporting indigenous Colombian women to play a fundamental role in the country’s peace process.
Indigenous communities were some of the worst affected by more than 50 years of armed conflict in Colombia. Much of the conflict took place within indigenous territories, and women in particular, were disproportionally affected by the resulting violence and displacement.
The historic peace agreement, signed between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016, acknowledges the impact of the conflict on indigenous communities, and ensures that they will be included in the implementation of the peace process. Unlike indigenous men, however, indigenous women have so far been unable to participate in formal political debate and the post-conflict governance and monitoring processes.
Working alongside CIASE, Conciliation Resources is supporting women from indigenous communities to play a fundamental role in the Colombian peace process, ensuring that their views and concerns, and those of indigenous communities, are taken into account.
Ivonne González, Director of Human Rights at the Colombian Ministry of the Interior.
Having a group of indigenous women today is fundamental, because women’s activism was what embodied a gender subcommittee in Havana [the location of the peace talks].
This work supports a new network of women from 10 different indigenous groups across Colombia. The network – the National Council of Indigenous Women in Colombia (CONAMIC) promotes the rights and active participation of indigenous women within and outside their communities. Conciliation Resources is supporting CONAMIC to monitor the implementation of the Colombian peace agreement, and ensure indigenous rights are taken into account.
At a community level, CONAMIC will train around 100 indigenous women to monitor the protection and participation of indigenous women, and to transform the attitudes and behaviours of men towards women in indigenous communities.