Engaging Women in Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR): Insights for Colombia

Posted by Jacqueline O’Neill on March 31, 2015

As the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) negotiate terms to end more than a half century of violence, a crucial issue is the future of the FARC’s 8,000 combatants, close to 40% of whom are female. For a peace agreement to result in enduring stability, former combatants must be meaningfully […]

Strengthening Colombia’s Transitional Justice Process by Engaging Women

Posted by Carla Koppell and Jonathan Talbot on March 1, 2011

The Colombian National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation (CNRR) is a transitional justice mechanism effectively structured for involving women and addressing their priorities and needs. Mainstreaming gender has involved advocating for particular women to serve as commissioners, support for the creation of a gender unit within the commission, close collaboration with women’s civil society organizations, […]

Preparing for Peace: The Critical Role of Women in Colombia

Posted by Susanne Martikke on May 1, 2004

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 […]

In the Midst of War: Women’s Contributions to Peace in Colombia

Posted by Catalina Rojas on April 1, 2004

Women have been victims and actors in Colombia’s cycles of violence and peace. In talks organized by President Andrés Pastrana in 1999, women represented both the government and FARC, the major guerrilla group. In 2000, 600 women participated in a women’s public forum that pressed FARC and government leaders to consider women’s concerns. In 2002, […]