Colombia – “One Million Women for Peace” Demand Greater Role in Peace Process & Post-Conflict
Date: June 13, 2016
COLOMBIA – “ONE MILLION WOMEN FOR PEACE” DEMAND GREATER ROLE IN PEACE PROCESS & POST-CONFLICT
Former guerrillas participate in the peace talks in Havana, Cuba. | Photo: EFE
The “One Million Women for Peace” movement is building as peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian state come to a close.
18 May 2016 – Colombian women, under the banner of “One Million Women for Peace,” are demanding a greater role in the peace talks between FARC insurgents and the government as negotiations wrap up.
The group has been growing its ranks in an effort to promote the signing of the peace deal and prepare for post-conflict stability, sociologist and human rights activist Gloria Florez told Prensa Latina on Wednesday.
According to the activist, the newly-formed bloc aims to create a community movement to provide popular backing for the talks, which began in 2012, and promote implementation of the deal.
The movement brings together farmers, artists, journalists, youth and political representatives of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities. On Tuesday, women at the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues insisted they be included in peace processes around the world because “women are pushing the culture of peace and not the culture of war.”
The decades-long conflict in Colombia has killed about 300,000 people, while six million remain displaced from their homes and another 45,000 remain missing. The “One Million Women for Peace” campaign argues that women are essential in building alternatives once the militarization is negotiated, said a former cabinet member of the Bogota municipality.