Just one week in September 2017, Colombia had a visit from Pope Francis with a strong message for peace and...
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Following a brutal armed conflict, women have achieved important commitments in the Colombian Peace Accord between the Government and the FARC guerrilla. We are raising funds for ABColombia’s international women’s conference in London. Your donation will help us ensure that Colombian women activists have an opportunity to speak directly with policy makers in the international arena. We want them to present their own views on the implementation of the gender-focused agreements. You can support women’s voices for peace and Colombia – join the campaign #10k4Peace on JustGiving.
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...
Summary: Joint letter calls government draft bill ‘unconstitutional’ and in violation of the Peace Accord, saying it threatens indigenous,...
ABColombia partner Tierra Digna wins landmark Constitutional Court case introducing an “ecocentric” vision of Human Rights In a landmark ruling,...
The Inter-ethnic Forum, the Indigenous Board and the Dioceses’ of Quibdó, Istmina and Apartadó and many NGOs in Colombia,...
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.