Building a future in peace project

Since April 2017, in association with Casa de la Memoria Quipu Huase and with the support of the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), the project has increased the participation of women in sustainable peace building in the Huila region.
Erica Tinoco, facilitator from Casa de la Memoria, leads a women's circle
Erica Tinoco, facilitator from Casa de la Memoria, leads a women's circle. Photo: Carlos Cárdenas

In the absence of a gender approach and of proposals coming from women organisations within the Peace Agreement implementation in Huila, the project works on the premise that the inclusion of women’ perspectives is essential for a sustainable and fair peace building, taking into account the effects of the conflict over the population in general. Thus, two results were sought:

  • Women organisations in Huila increase their capacity to design agendas that have an impact on the peace agreement implementation, peace building and sustainability in the region.
  • Women organisations establish an effective dialogue with regional authorities and political stakeholders, thus positioning their proposals related to the peace agreement implementation, peace building and maintenance.

The project has been developed with the participation of three organisations: "Pa' Degustar", an association of displaced women living in Neiva (capital of Huila); "Por un nuevo paraíso", an association of peasant women from Algeciras county, and the indigenous women collective of the Women and Family program of the Huila Indigenous Regional Council (CRIHU). The cooperation is improving the access of  local organisations and rights holders  to access decision makers and political leaders; establishing the required means to implement their advocacy initiatives.