Ten Filipinas visited Colombia in August, facilitated by Conciliation Resources and local partners. The women exchanged ideas with their peers, as well as meeting local government representatives and working with a range of interest groups. Both parties benefitted in what was, as Rina Jimenez-David puts it:
our own little attempt [at understanding] the roots of armed conflict and seeking a way to bring the voices of non-combatants, especially women, to the table.
Rina Jimenez-David, exchange participant
The visit was a boost for Colombian women's organisations as they advocate for a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. A Colombian group will visit the Philippines in October.