Our Work

Our impact platforms

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We are part of:

National Summit of Women and Peace:

cumbre nacional de mujeres y pazAlliance of 8 women's organizations, networks and platforms, where more than 1500 organizations of mixed, ethnic, peasant, indigenous, Afro-descendant, student and youth women from all over the country participate, which in addition to carrying out their own regional and local processes, decided to join around 4 purposes:

  1. Become a social collective with political power to act and decide on the construction of peace with social justice.
  2. Be pactantes in all peace processes that take place in the country between the national government and armed groups.
  3. Influence the end of the conflict conversation table.
  4. Influence the participation mechanisms derived from the agreement between the parties, as well as the endorsement, verification and implementation of the Final Agreement, taking into account what is included in it, related to the rights of women from their diverse identities.

1325 Coalition
coalicion1325In Colombia, since 2011, different organizations decided to join together to advocate and seek the implementation of Resolution 1325. Some of the actions of the Coalition are:

  • Follow-up to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 by the state.
  • Preparation and publication of the Annual Monitoring Report of UNSCR 1325.
  • Incidence before state entities for the elaboration of a National Plan of Action in UNSCR 1325.
  • Training for women leaders or state officials in UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions.

 

Thought and Action Collective "Women, Peace and Security"

pacto eticoThe MPS Collective is an initiative for dialogue and reconciliation between women from different social, economic and political spheres, including human rights activists, academics, ex-combatants, members of the security sector, indigenous and Afro-descendant women, journalists and women dedicated to business. All the women who are part of the collective share the commitment to a better future for Colombia based on peace and human security. These women’s thinking is embodied in the Ethical Pact for Peace, which shows step by step how civil society can transform violence from everyday life.



At the local level,
we articulate with the movement of women and victims.

Internationally, we are part of WILPF and have consultative status with the UN: ECOSOC, UNCTAD, and UNESCO, as well as special relations with FAO, ILO and UNICEF. In addition, we participate in the sessions of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Agenda on Women, Peace and Security

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The Agenda for Women, Peace, and Security emerged from the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000. This Resolution explicitly calls on UN member states to guarantee and respect the rights of women and girls, in contexts of armed conflict, and to promote their participation in decision-making spaces before, during and after conflicts. Since the 1325 expedition, other resolutions such as 1829, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122 and 2242 have been elaborated that deepen and give content to this Agenda.

Resolution 1325 and related resolutions are an international reference framework for the work of achieving and maintaining peace and security in Colombia. Limpal makes use of this Resolution for the prevention of violence in the work it carries out in the territories, through workshops related to conflict resolution, as well as for the reconstruction of the social fabric and reconciliation processes, with processes of memory and healing, especially with women victims of the armed conflict. We carried out a sustained process of national and international advocacy for the establishment of a National Action Plan of the Resolution in Colombia in order to translate it into concrete actions that generate changes in the lives of women.

We defend the idea, as the Agenda says, that women are not only victims of the armed conflict, but they are also key agents for the construction of peace and security. That is why we encourage their participation in decision-making spaces, so they recognized as active and indispensable subjects in the post-conflict process that Colombia is going through. Finally, we investigate the role of women in the implementation of Resolution 1325 in Colombia (linkear a página 5), and we are part of the Coalition 1325 platform, a union of national and regional women's organizations that monitor the progress of the implementation of the Resolution in the country. At the international level, together with the sisters of WILPF in the world, we advocate for the positioning of the Agenda ‘Women, Peace and Security’ considered to be fundamental in the development of peacebuilding processes.

Some of our standpoints on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda are:


itemIt is urgent that Colombia establishes an Action Plan for Resolution 1325 that recognizes the role of women in peacebuilding processes.
itemThe inclusion of women as active agents in peacebuilding and reconciliation promotes stable peace and human security.
itemThe implementation of Resolution 1325 and related resolutions helps prevent conflicts, promotes women's rights in conflict and post-conflict situations and contributes to the consolidation of an integrated approach that includes the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, disarmament and human rights.

Women´s Rights

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In Limpal we advocate for the recognition, defense and protection of the human rights of women and girls as a way to achieve peace. This commitment is carried out from a feminist and intersectional approach, which recognizes the diversity in terms of class, ethnicity and gender that women have and the specificities of defending their rights in Colombia.

Here some of our reasons:

itemAccording to the WIN-Mujer survey (2017), only 20% of Colombians think that in Colombia their rights are respected.

itemAlthough the country has a solid legal framework to guarantee the rights of women and girls, in practice there are many barriers on issues such as political participation, the labor and care field and the right to a life free of violence within and outside the armed conflict.

itemIn the new post-conflict stage in Colombia, aggressions against social leaders have increased. 155 of them were killed during 2018, and 583 were threatened to prevent them from continuing their work in defense of human rights.

Our work defending the rights of women and girls is based on the idea that their full and effective guarantee depends on social change. In this sense, we accompany the women of the territories in their process of their own recognition as subjects of rights. This is done through training workshops and psychosocial and legal support, so that these women subsequently carry out advocacy processes to improve their quality of life.

In addition, we investigate the different manifestations of the violations of rights suffered by women and girls and disseminate pedagogical and communicative contents that seek to sensitize public opinion on this issue. At an international level, in collaboration with our WILPF sisters, we raise our voice about the situation of women's and girls' rights in Colombia.

Some of our postulates are:

itemHuman rights violations of women and girls in Colombia are recurring and unacceptable. The Colombian government and its institutions must commit to the guarantee of their rights and attack the barriers that exist to access measures of protection, attention and access to justice.

itemAn action plan is urgently needed by the national government that definitively stops the murders and aggressions of social leaders, as well as of all people in the process of reinstatement. The voice of the mentioned women victims is the voice of the defense of human rights in the territories of Colombia.

itemFor the effective guarantee of women's human rights, it is important that the entire United Nations system continues to be present in the territories that sustains and helps consolidate peace.

Disarmament

Universal disarmament has been one of WILPF’s goals since its founding in 1915, but why do we care so much about disarmament?

itemWe live in a world where there are 15,000 nuclear weapons in the hands of nine countries, that could be detonated at any moment, leaving more deaths than atomic bombs (http://www.icanw.org/the-facts/nuclear-arsenals/).

itemMilitary spending in the world amounts to 17 trillion dollars each year. To give you an idea, in 2015 military spending in the United States accounted for 54% of its discretionary spending, while education received only 7% of that budget (https://bit.ly/2rg4XsQ; https://archive.attn.com/stories/11036/how-military-and-education-spending-compare-america).

itemArmed violence kills 535,000 people every year in the world, as if the entire population of a city like Tucson, Arizona would completely disappear every year.



In Colombia, the situation is not very different:

itemColombia is the country that invested the most in military spending in 2017 in South America, according to SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Studies Institute).

itemSince 2018, Colombia is a "global partner" of NATO, the largest military alliance in the world, which translates into military cooperation and support in matters related to electronic and maritime security, the fight against terrorism and organized crime.

itemAccording to Medicina Legal (2017), 53% of the murders of women in Colombia are committed with firearms (http://www.medicinalegal.gov.co/documents/20143/262076/Forensis+2017+Interactivo.pdf/0a09fedb-f5e8-11f8-71ed-2d3b475e9b82 , Page 95)



In this situation, the Liga Internacional de Mujeres por la Paz y la Libertad (Limpal Colombia) fights for disarmament understood not only as of the surrender of weapons by armed groups but also as a paradigm shift of weapons as tools to resolve conflicts. We insist on the importance of the Colombian State to exercise strict control over the legal and illegal weapons circulating in the country and to reduce military spending, taking into account the post-conflict process it is going through. In addition, we believe in the need to analyze the differential impact that arms have on women.

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In 2017 we launched the campaign "Women for Disarmament: More Life, Less Weapons" whose objective is to put the importance of control over small arms and light weapons in the public opinion and in the political agenda of Colombia for the prevention of armed violence against women. Through an investigation that has the same name (taggear investigación de la página 5 “Mujeres por el desarme: una mirada al desarme desde la Resolución 1325”), we denounce how the proliferation of this type of weapon exacerbates violence against women and increases the degree of lethality of them, in addition to other violence that weapons make possible such as psychological violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, among others.

Some of our standpoints on disarmament are:

itemIt is essential to foster critical antimilitarist consciousness in Colombia.
itemSpending on arms goes against the post-conflict process that Colombia is going through.
itemThe Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to prevent the entry of arms into Colombia used for human rights violations should be ratified immediately in accordance with the commitments assumed by Colombia in the framework of the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review before the CEDAW (link note on the subject).
itemIt is necessary to transform the paradigm of security based on weapons and militarization by one that puts human security at the center, focusing on women.
itemThe subsistence of violence is due, among other things, to the difficulties of the Colombian State in maintaining its monopoly on arms.

Peace building

construccion de pazWILPF was born internationally as a feminist movement in defense of peace and its efforts continue towards peacebuilding with and for women in more than 43 countries around the world. In Colombia, women have been building peace for over 60 years of armed conflict. WILPF Colombia bets on the negotiated solution materialized in the Final Peace Agreement and we continue our work to recognize the power of women in building peace.

Here are some of the reasons why we believe it is necessary to fight for a feminist peace:

itemAccording to the UNDP data, a society with economic inequality, marginalization, exclusion and discrimination is a society where violence and armed conflict are most likely to occur. The persistence of the patriarchal and military system, therefore, is a strong threat against the stability of peace. (World Development Report - 2011).

itemRecent research publications has shown that when peace processes are inclusive and have the full participation of women, they have a better chance of success and durability. (Report “Peace processes with a gender perspective. Inclusiveness and participation” - 2016).

itemThe peace process in Colombia has been recognized internationally as an example for the incorporation of the gender perspective. This is a window of opportunity to demand the participation of women in the post-conflict process of the country.

Our work in peacebuilding occurs from advocacy and training. Through activism we monitor the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement and the effective incorporation of the gender perspective measures contained therein, mainly from the National Summit of Women and Peace (link to advocacy platforms). As for training, we carry out processes with women in the territories such as the Feminist School for Peacebuilding that seeks to strengthen theoretical and legal knowledge about feminisms and peacebuilding so that those are the same women leaders who do the local and territorial activist process.

Some of our postulates regarding peace building are:

itemPeace depends on the improvement of the situation and quality of life of women.

itemThe participation of women in peace processes is a commitment to building a more inclusive, egalitarian and democratic society.

itemIt is essential that women be heard, recognized and included in all instances of implementation of the Final Peace Agreement, as well as in the post-conflict process that Colombia is experiencing.

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