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Thursday, 06 July 2017 00:00

Research highlights women's contribution to the Colombian peace process

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Some of the more than 140 women who participated in the peace talks between the National Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP that took place in Cuba, met this past Wednesday to present the book titled "Experiences, Contributions and Recognition: Women in the Havana Peace Process" as a recognition of the permanent work and the contribution of a gender perspective in the construction of the peace agreement.

The book was the product of an investigation of the Corporation of Research and Social and Economic Action (CIASE for its acronym in Spanish) and the Humanas Corporation. The researchers conducted interviews with the women who were present during the peace process in order to make them visible and recognize their efforts because "even today, many women who significantly contributed to the progress of the peace talks and the achievement of the final peace agreement remain anonymous".

One of the women who participated and that was taken into account for the realization of the investigation was Elena Ambrosi. She was present in the peace talks from its early beginning when the parties held confidential dialogues, she further on remained 5 more years as part of the Government's Delegation to the peace talks.

For her, having helped create the Gender Subcommittee in 2014, "meant an enriching and learning experience. There you live a very tense situation and learning how to handle it was very important, it was also a sacrifice that was worth it".

Likewise, Ambrosi said that "it was possible to make women’s rights transversal to the entire agreement". Ambrosi stressed that the work of women in the Peace Process has made the victimization suffered by thousands of women in the war visible, for which differential measures of resolution were agreed for them.

Victoria Sandino, a representative of women in the FARC was also present during the peace talks, she said that "the commitment of Colombian women made it possible to build the gender perspective within the Peace Agreements, where we managed to keep the agreements [after the opposition to the gender approach presented by conservative political sectors] and today we continue fighting for this gender perspective to be maintained".

Both Ambrosi and Sandino recognized that "the women of Colombia must make an appropriation of this achievement and continue working to continue being protagonists of this peace agreement".

After having played an active role at the peace talks, they emphasized that "it is a very important moment for women in Colombia to open participation spaces in what is now the implementation of the agreements".

Source: Contagio Radio

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