ABColombia calls for the Government to ensure a full investigation into killing of between six and nine peasant farmers and...
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ABColombia in Association with NOREF are holding an
Colombia securing peace: Women’s achievements
and the challenges ahead
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 (London)
The Colombian Peace Accord demonstrates what can be achieved by women in peace agreements. These hard won commitments on gender will be explored in terms of the innovative approaches used to obtain the gender commitments; what was achieved in terms of gender-based agreements; how the lessons learned in achieving a gender focus can benefit other peace processes; and what the challenges are for implementation.
This Conference is also supported by: Gender Action for Peace & Security (GAPS); The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace & Security;The Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG); Colombia Gruppen; Sisma Mujer; Corporation for Research, Social and Economic Action (CIASE); Peace Brigades International (PBI); CAFOD; OXFAM; Christian Aid; SCIAF; Trócaire; The Human Rights Consortium at the Advanced School of Studies, London University; Institute of Latin American Studies, London University.
ABColombia welcomes the signing of a temporary ceasefire agreement between the Colombian government and the ELN. The ceasefire agreement entered...
On 22 September 2017, the United Nations Mission in Colombia announced the successful ending of the phase of laying down...
On 19 September 2017, it was announced that the Catholic Church, along with 40 to 50 members of the Security...
Just one week in September 2017, Colombia had a visit from Pope Francis with a strong message for peace and...
ABColombia, together with the Law Society of England and Wales and the Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group, has endorsed...
Two environmental human rights defenders were shot at in Cajamarca, Tolima on Friday 28 July 2017. The two environmental defenders...
Today, 10 July 2017, the United Nations Security Council approved a second United Nations (UN) Mission in Colombia via Resolution...
ABColombia welcomes the end of the process of the Laying Down of Arms by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia...
ABColombia welcomes the decision by Colombia’s Supreme Court to acquit prominent Colombian indigenous leader Feliciano Valencia after he was arrested...
Judicial attacks against Human Rights Defenders continue in Colombia despite the signing of a Peace Accord with the FARC...
On 26 June 2017 the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP guerrilla completed the third phase in the process of...
ABColombia is the advocacy project of a group of five leading UK and Irish organisations with programmes in Colombia: CAFOD, Christian Aid UKI, Oxfam GB, SCIAF and Trócaire. Amnesty International and Peace Brigades International (PBI) are observers. Find out more here.
ABColombia es un proyecto de incidencia política de cinco agencias Británicas e Irlandesas con programas en Colombia: CAFOD, Christian Aid UKI, Oxfam GB, SCIAF y Trócaire. Amnistía Internacional y PBI son observadores.
Colombia securing peace: Women’s achievements and the challenges ahead
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, 22 November 2017 (London)
What was achieved in terms of gender-based commitments in the Colombian Peace Accord? What are the challenges for implementation? How can the lessons learned in achieving a gender focus benefit other peace processes? Join the debate during our international conference with Colombian women human rights defenders, international policy-makers and academics. Find out more here.
Today women in Colombia continue to experience violence, especially sexual violence and sadly, this crime remains a silent tragedy. When I understood that I could be the voice of all those women whose cases have not been heard, but who continue to be victimised, I knew I had to speak out.
Jineth Bedoya LimaColombian journalist - Watch video
For me peace is being able to live in my territory without fear. To be able to work without persecution and to be able to live in harmony.
Lígia María ChaverraCommunity Leader, Chocó - Watch video
We can’t have peace just by signing an agreement in Havana. Peace is something that needs to be tackled step by step and by each and everyone in the territories and communities. And it’s important to listen to the different perspectives of all the victims and armed actors. And by this I mean all armed actors, because there are not only the FARC in this conflict, but also other armed groups.
Soraya BayueloJournalist and community leader, Montes de Maria - Watch video
We want peace. But that does not only mean demobilisation of armed groups – we want peace with a proposal that comes from the communities, from the peoples. There is no point in handing in weapons while the enemy is still facing us in our territories.
Marcia MejiaMember of the Nonam Indigenous People - Watch video
In the early days, we were only a few families in ASFADDES and tackling human rights issues was prohibited in Colombia. Demonstrating is a very important way of communicating with people. When we’re out in the street, people suddenly see the victims as real people capable of putting on a T-shirt saying “Where is my brother?”, with photos of loved ones around our necks.
Martha SotoASFADDES Medellin - Watch video
Sexual violence against women in the Colombian armed conflict has been a war crime and a crime against humanity committed not only by illegal armed groups, but also by security forces. Sexual violence is an expression of the inequality experienced by women. Addressing sexual violence means building gender equality.
Claudia Mejía DuqueDirector of Sisma Mujer - Watch video
In the first phase of the peace negotiations, sexual violence was not recognised as a crime committed in the context of the armed conflict, as something directly related to the war. […] We [the gender sub-commission] obtained very important results in the agreement on victims, which now recognises sexual violence as one of the most serious crimes committed in the context of the armed conflict. It offers a special treatment for the victims and recognises certain institutional guarantees. We think this is a very important progress for the rights of women and this should be maintained throughout all stages of the implementation of the Peace Accord.