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Accepted Paper:

Women's work in peacebuilding in Colombia: voice, participation and social inclusion from a bottom-up perspective.  
Isabel Lopera (University of Salamanca)

Paper short abstract:

Women have worked in different scenarios for peacebuilding in Colombia. They have assumed diverse roles: social collectives that pushed for the gender approach, negotiators at the dialogue tables, and the commitment of ex-combatants who wish to reintegrate into society and the labor market.

Paper long abstract:

Women's participation in peace processes can take place at various times, at the negotiation tables, at the signing of the agreement, and in the implementation of the agreement. Likewise, they can adopt different roles, whether as spokespersons in the design, as bearers of truth and change, as guarantors in the verification and in the process of insertion into civilian life itself, when they are ex-combatants. Since 2000, with the decree 1325 of the United Nations Security Council, their inclusion has become more than important, necessary for the construction of stable and sustainable peace. Although the agreement signed by the Colombian government in 2016 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) is recognized worldwide as one of the best and most comprehensive in terms of gender inclusive frameworks, there are still many issues to be improved. Based on press records, reports from the main agencies and interviews with spokeswomen of this group, the aim of this paper is to show how their participation has been included in the peace agreement and the new roles of women in the reincorporation process once they have handed in their weapons, with special emphasis on their socio-labor reintegration.

Panel P45b
Peacebuilding from below – the role of women groups and civil society in conflict resolution II
  Session 1 Tuesday 29 June, 2021, -