Public Statement of the National
Summit of Women and Peace
24th July 2016
24th July 2016
The organizations and platforms members of the National Summit of Women and Peace are celebrating the gender subcommission's release on the revision results and the inclusion of the women’s and gender perspective into the points 1:”Towards a New Colombian Countryside: Integral Rural Reform”; 2: “Political Participation, an Open Democracy to Build Peace.”; and 4:”A Solution to the Illicit Drugs Problem.” The aforementioned inclusions are key to the construction of an integral, fair, inclusive, sustainable and durable peace process.
We are claiming these results as our own because they will contribute towards improving the lives of the women in Colombia. From the beginning of the negotiations, the National Summit of Women and Peace have made sure that the agreements integrated a particular focus on the inclusion and women’s perspective in regards to the disproportionate impact of war, the recognition of women’s rights, and the prominence we have had in peacebuilding processes as leaders and as agents of change.
Today we can say that our advocacy work towards women’s participation in this negotiation process between the government and the FARC-EP, has been echoed in the peace table resulting in the appointment of plenipotentiary women negotiators, in the creation of the gender subcommission and in the inclusion of the women’s and gender perspective in the other points of the agreement -victims and the end of the conflict-.
We hope that the work presented by the subcommission today has been able to bring together the different voices of women, in particular the proposals and recommendations presented by the National Summit of Women and Peace about each of the agenda points.
The Summit would like to reiterate our commitment to this process, the endorsement of the agreements and its implementation, in which women will play a leading role as political actors and holding accountability for the fulfillment of these agreements. We insist in the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on “women, peace, and security”.
We call upon all parties involved to promptly sign the Final Agreement. We insist on resuming conversations with the ELN, which is a necessary step in order to advance towards sustainable peace that will allow us to conquer and transform the conditions of exclusion, inequality, and discrimination that have been present throughout our history.
Members of the National Summit of Women and Peace:
- Alianza Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz – IMP.
- Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas, Negras e Indígenas de Colombia – ANMUCIC
- Casa de la Mujer
- Coalición 1325
- Conferencia Nacional de Organizaciones Afrocolombianas- CNOA
- Colectivo de Pensamiento y Acción Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad
- Mujeres por la Paz
- Red Nacional de Mujeres
- Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres