Preparing for Peace: The Critical Role of Women in Colombia

Susanne Martikke | May 2004

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From May 19-24, 2004, The Institute for Inclusive Security hosted 16 Colombian women peace builders in Washington, DC. In collaboration with other experts, these Colombian leaders developed recommendations for concrete ways policymakers can include women in their attempts to bring stability and security to the country. The conference aimed to elevate the voices of women in Colombia and to urge the US government, international multilateral organizations, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations to promote the inclusion of Colombia’s women in all peace-building efforts. This report summarizes the recommendations that emerged from various working groups at the conference and the outcomes of the advocacy meetings attended by the delegation.

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