WILPF Advocacy Documents

Colombia

National Summit of Women and Peace Statement on the Revised Peace Agreement in Colombia

Date/month:
23 November 2016
Document type:
Statement
Body submitted to:

cumbre-nacional-de-mujeres-y-pazThe National Summit of Women and Peace welcomes and celebrates the new agreement reached between the national government and the FARC-EP guerrillas, which will be signed on the 24th of November in the city of Bogota, and acknowledges the negotiation table for its willingness to achieve a new agreement that includes the different voices of our country.

In this respect, we recognise the effort with which the contributions of the spokespersons of the ‘No’ were incorporated, requests almost completely present in the new agreement.

We support the decision of the parties to endorse the final agreement, recognising the wish for peace and reconciliation of millions of Colombian men and women. The actual context requires that this authentication is accomplished immediately.

We cannot keep delaying peace, the increasing cases of violence against social leaders and peace advocates are outrageous and worrying. This is why once the agreement is endorsed, it should be implemented promptly. In this country that has been immersed in violence for decades, we cannot keep aggravating an environment of conflict and we need to have guarantees to be able to keep building the peace that we so urgently need.

We women in our diversities reaffirm our commitment to peace in Colombia and to the work we do and will keep doing to achieve our active participation in the implementation of the new agreement.

We emphasise that the participation of women is a condition to the construction of a transforming, stable and lasting peace.

National Summit of Women and Peace, September 2016. Photo: WILPF Colombia (LIMPAL).
National Summit of Women and Peace, September 2016. Photo: WILPF Colombia (LIMPAL).

The National Summit of Women and Peace is composed of 9 platforms, networks and organisations of women, with national and territorial presence and the participation of more than 700 organisations.

Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas e Indígenas de Colombia (ANMUCIC)

Casa de la Mujer

Coalición 1325

Colectivo de Pensamiento y Acción “Mujeres Paz y Seguridad”

Conferencia Nacional de Organizaciones Afrocolombianas (CNOA)

Iniciativa de Mujeres por la Paz (IMP)

• Mujeres por la Paz

Red Nacional de Mujeres

Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres


Download the statement on the revised peace agreement in Colombia in English.

Download the statement on the revised peace agreement in Colombia in Spanish.

Download the statement on the revised peace agreement in Colombia in French.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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Demilitarisation

WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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