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Take five: “A successful peace process simply demands the active and meaningful participation of women at all levels”

Monday, October 29, 2018

UN Women spoke with Jean Arnault, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, about gender parity within the Mission and its priorities over the next year. The Verification Mission in Colombia has made impressive strides towards gender parity; 58 per cent of its professional level field staff are women and 65 per cent of field office teams are led by women. The Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) was signed in 2016, ending more than 50 years of conflict. Contrary to most peace negotiations in history, women had a significant influence in the peace process in Colombia. The resulting peace agreement addresses core issues that impact women, such as women’s representation in decision-making bodies, access to land restitution or justice and reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.

From where I stand: “When we sing, we feel free”

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mila Rodriguez is one of the young members of Colombia’s Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, where decades of armed conflict have torn apart communities, and peace is still a long journey.

From where I stand: “It’s not just men who can do business”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Deyanira Cordoba belongs to a family of coffee growers of Tablon de Gomez, in the of Nariño region of Colombia. As part of a UN Women project, she has learned about her economic rights, bodily autonomy and more. The future holds many possibilities for this talented artist and coffee grower, but whichever path she chooses, she feels she belongs with her community, in the mountains of Colombia, watching the coffee grow.

From where I stand: Afro-descendent women of Colombia rise for justice

Monday, January 8, 2018

Charo Mina-Rojas has worked for many years to educate grassroots Afro-descendant communities of Colombia on Law 70 of 1993, which recognizes their cultural, territorial and political rights. Following the historic peace agreement which ended the more than 50-year conflict between the Government of Colombia and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Mina-Rojas advocates for justice and equality for Colombia’s afro-descendent women.

Colombian women growing coffee, brewing peace

Friday, October 13, 2017

Colombia’s half-a-century-long armed conflict has deeply wounded the country’s rural areas. Today, rural and indigenous women suffer the highest levels of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. According to national statistics, 41.9 per cent of rural women-led households live in poverty and 9.6 per cent in extreme poverty. An initiative by UN Women has supported rural and indigenous women to develop leadership and business skills to boost their economic and political empowerment as the country strives for peace.

A new life for women in Colombia’s artisanal fishing industry

Monday, October 2, 2017

In South-West Colombia, where the civil war has left lasting impact, the Nueva Vida (New Life) project, supported by UN Women and funded by the Embassy of Norway in Colombia, aims to boost women’s income and participation in the fishing sector.

De Igual a Igual Awards to Non-sexist Advertisement

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ganadores con la Representante de ONU Mujeres México, Ana Güezmes, Representante Adjunta de ONU Mujeres en Colombia y Subdirector de USAID, Aman Djahanbani. Foto: ONU Mujeres Esta noche se han entregado, en el marco del Congreso de Publicidad, Comunicación y Mercadeo Cartagena Inspira los Premios De Igual a Igual a la Publicidad no Sexista.   Esta es una iniciativa del Programa Superando la Violencia contra las Mujeres de ONU Mujeres en alianza con...

Advertising agency directors from Latin America commit to the transformation of sexist stereotypes

Friday, September 22, 2017

With the adhesion to the global campaign of UN Women’s HeForShe, prominent personalities of the sector of advertisement and marketing join in the promotion of gender equality

In the words of Magda Alberto: “The idea of a more just, democratic society…comes hand in hand with equality for women”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Magda Alberto is a young feminist and member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Colombia. She advocates for the recognition of women in the Colombian peace-process and was part of the Women and Peace Summit in 2013 and 2016, supported by the UN system and led by UN Women, which led to the formal recognition by the parties of women’s role in the Colombian peace process.

From where I stand: “Expanding indigenous women’s rights strengthens the collective rights”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The concept of collective rights is central to indigenous cultures. But the status of indigenous women within and outside their communities remain precarious when they are unable to claim any rights of their own. Janneth Lozano Bustos works with indigenous communities in Colombia to economically empower women so that they can enjoy autonomy over their lives and resources.

Rural Colombian women develop and strengthen their own economies

Friday, March 24, 2017

Although Colombia is a middle income country, figures show that rural women face poverty, exclusion and discrimination due to their limited access to resources and assets. UN Women is engaged in strengthening the leadership of rural women in the Cauca Department (south-west of the country) in order to foster their economic empowerment.

In Timbio, Colombia, youth take a stand against street harassment

Friday, February 3, 2017

Jesús David was among 27 young people who participated at a workshop organized by UN Women to prevent violence against women and build non-violent masculinities.

Message from the Secretary General of the UN on the signature of the Peace Agreement in Colombia

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Secretary General of UN Ban Ki-Moon. Photo: UN Women. Cartagena, 26 September 2016   Excellencies,   Ladies and Gentlemen,   I am deeply moved to see so many thousands of Colombians here today.   I am honored to be here to celebrate your achievement and that of countless Colombians who never lost hope in peace.    When I first visited Colombia five years ago, the adoption of the Victims’ Law had begun to build the foundations for...

Bogotá City Hall joins the UN Women campaign HeForShe

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The mayor Enrique Peñalosa with 6 Distric Secretaries, will assume a commitment in defense of the rigths of women.

UN Women Regional Office opens call for partial renewal of its advisory group of civil society

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Regional Office of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean invites interested persons to apply to the call for the partial renewal of its Civil Society Advisory Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (CSAG-LAC). Membership of four members and four alternates of CSAG-LAC will be renewed. The Civil Society Advisory Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (CSAG-LAC) was formed in May 2012 and was the outcome of a rigorous and very well attended selection process where almost 120 men...

In Colombia, training ushers more women into politics

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

To address the low percentage of women mayoral candidates in Nariño, Colombia, in 2015, UN Women, with the support of Spanish Cooperation, set up a project to boost the political participation of women in the Department, and increase their representation in local and regional political parties and movements.

Diego Torres announced HeForShe spokesperson for Latin America and the Caribbean

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Argentinian singer commits to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region.

Medellin joins the Safe Cities Global Initiative

Friday, August 7, 2015

Medellin has become the sixth city in Latin America and the Caribbean to join UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative

Women take the reins to build peace in Colombia

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The voices of women as experts, survivors and negotiators have been included in a peace process with an unprecedented gender perspective, with the support of UN Women and other partners. It aims to end one of the longest-running internal armed conflicts in the world.

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Colombia

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

During her first official visit to Colombia, from 8-9 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, accompanied by Regional Director Luiza Carvalho and UN Women Representative in Colombia Belén Sanz, met representatives from civil society, government institutions, the business sector, and representatives of the international community.

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