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WILPF Colombia Anniversary: 20 Years of Peace and Disarmament Advocacy

WILPF Colombia, or LIMPAL Colombia in Spanish, celebrates 20 years as a WILPF Section on 8 November 2018.

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8 November 2018

WILPF Colombia, or LIMPAL Colombia in Spanish, celebrates 20 years as a WILPF Section on 8 November 2018. During two decades, the Section has continuously promoted women’s rights in a country destabilised by violent internal conflict. Sections’ members will gather for this special day and launch dedicated material about peace movement in Colombia.

Colombia: A Brief History

Since 1964, Colombian people and women have faced 54 years of civil war and armed conflict between government forces, leftists guerilla groups and right wing parliamentarians. The conflict formally ended in November 2017.

The consequences of the conflict often most severely affected women and girls, and today the gender-specific impact on women makes it important for Colombian women to advocate for and be included in disarmament initiatives.  

Within this context LIMPAL Colombia works as a social movement. The Section is committed to build a fair and inclusive Colombian society through the promotion and defence of human rights. Under these conditions only women’s empowerment and gender justice are possible.

WILPF Colombia’s three major objectives

WILPF Colombia follows three major objectives that guide the work they do.
1- Reconstruct the bonds of solidarity that have been broken by the internal conflict;
2- Strenghten processes of empowerment and the enforceability of rights;
3- Support grassroots projects that develop institutional capacity, alternative local markets and networks.

Striving Towards Peace and Disarmament

A long history of armed conflict has made the work of peace organisations incredibly vital in Colombia. “When the opportunity of the Peace Agreement appeared, there was already a women’s movement that was against the war and had worked for peace for a long time” says Katherine Ronderos, director of LIMPAL Colombia.

Together with other organisations and women activists, LIMPAL Colombia strives to eradicate poverty and work for social justice. Examples of their crucial work over the past 20 years include political advocacy, gender justice, economic justice and institutional development.

One of the biggest achievement is their involvement in the 2016 peace accords between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP). They have ensured the political participation of women in the implementation phase of the accords and advocated to include a gender perspective in the discussions.

Anniversary Highlight: Stories from Women Leaders

In preparation for the anniversary, LIMPAL Colombia has met and interviewed Colombian women leaders, whom they work closely with. This has resulted in a photo exhibition and podcast series, where the women leaders talk about their experiences living within the context of conflict, and how working with LIMPAL Colombia has enabled them to become leaders and activists in their communities.

“Our aim was to tell the history of LIMPAL through the voices of the different women who took part in our projects,” said Emilia Morales of LIMPAL Colombia, “Many of these women have been working with us for a long time, but they never had the opportunity to share their testimonies on how they feel and what it means for them to work with our organisation. We wanted to give them this opportunity since they represent the target of our organisation.”

Women Leaders

LIMPAL Colombia refers to women who are a part of LIMPAL Colombia as “Women Leaders”. These are women who have transformed their lives through their work with LIMPAL, working towards gender justice and peace, and building women’s communities along-side the organisation.

These stories will be projected at the anniversary cocktail on the evening of 8 November. Three of these interviews are already available below, with English subtitles for non Spanish speakers.

Yulerkis Gómez gives support to victims of sexual violence with her group “Amarillas”, gathering 33 women:

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Sara Matilde talks about what disarmament means to her and how she supports her community in many different ways:

YouTube video

Adriana Rodas empowers women that have been a victim of gender-based violence:

YouTube video

Anniversary Highlight: the Dignified Reincorporation of Women

On 8 November, LIMPAL Colombia is holding a forum today and is launching a report carried out with the FARC-EP.

The report analyses how ex-combatant women can reintegrate into civilian life after more than 50 years of civil war in the country. It investigates the implementation process of the Peace Agreement, and includes several highlights on the experiences of the women who participated in the peace agreement reintegration meetings, spaces intended to aid the reintegration of ex-combatants.

The report features testimonies of ex-combatant women, which reflect their commitment to building peace without arms, and to change social and economic inequality through their collective work.

One of these women, an ex-combatant from Agua Bonita (Caquetá) expresses her desire for peace, saying, “We continue with our heads held high because we don’t want to be involved in the war anymore and we’re showing the Colombian people that what we want is for the war to end. We’re ready and waiting for the dawn so we can work the land.”

The report “Fighting for the Dignified Reincorporation of Women: A follow-up report on Resolution 1325 with recommendations for reincorporation processes” will be available on LIMPAL Colombia website:

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WILPF International Secretariat

WILPF International Secretariat, with offices in Geneva and New York, liaises with the International Board and the National Sections and Groups for the implementation of WILPF International Programme, resolutions and policies as adopted by the International Congress. Under the direction of the Secretary-General, the Secretariat also provides support in areas of advocacy, communications, and financial operations.

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Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

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 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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