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Women organized for peace within society.

Colombia

Initiative timeframe: 2013/2017

Total initiative costs

€ 825,600.0
Reparted as
  • Loans -
  • Grants € 825,600.0

Dati finanziari aggiornati al 9.11.2015

Status

50 Complete
50%

Colombia


Location

Colombia: Departments of Chocò, Cauca, Cauca Valley and Sucre.

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In 2012 started in Havana negotiations for a political solution to the war between the Colombian government and the FARC - EP, the main Colombian guerrilla. The project "Women organized for pace within society" (DOCP) wants to support and consolidate the peace process by promoting greater female participation in the government of the territories. The activities are developed along two complementary lines of action: a training and an active participation of the public policies of the territories. The activities are developed along two complementary lines of action: a training and an active participation of territories public policies. The actions are held in four areas where Colombian war is particularly intense: Chocó, Cauca, Valle del Cauca and Sucre. The direct beneficiaries of the project are 420 women who are part of the local social organizations. Through training and capacity building of beneficiaries will strengthen the role of local organizations. The indirect beneficiaries will be about 20,000 people who belong to the communities involved in the project. Are part of the project the following organizations and institutions: ARCS – Arci Cultura e Sviluppo, Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale – Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, Corporación Viva la Ciudadanía, Vice Presidenza della Repubblica della Colombia - Programa Presidencia de Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario, Dipartimento del Cauca e Comune di Firenze. read more close

Main outcome

The project aims at strengthening the role of women in the peacebuilding process by improving the dialogue between the State and women organizations in the various Departments of Chocò, Cauca Valley, Sucre e Cauca. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015 (t1), referred to MDG num.3.

Initiative data

Initiative number 010156
Purpose Women's equality organisations and institutions
Sector I.5.a. Government & Civil Society-general, Total

Subjects

Agency MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Counterpart authority Vice-Presidency of Colombia Republic
Representative alessandra.ferrara@esteri.it
Other financiers ARCS - ARCI CULTURA E SVILUPPO, 343235.0

Beneficiaries

The target of the project are about 420 women over three years, part of civil society organizations of the areas concerned by the project and will be responsible, at the end of the process, to share their experience with their origin communities.

Beneficiaries of which females 100.0%
Title € Committed € Used
WOMEN ORGANIZED FOR PEACE WITHIN SOCIETY 798,600 511,340
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Threats of paramilitaries against national leaders and local civil society organizations in Colombia.

At the beginning of September 2014 were delivered letters containing death threats to major Colombian civil society organizations. The recipients of the threat that the Colombian authorities have considered most dangerous were 91 leaders of organizations, both national and international. The letters were sent on the letterhead of the "Aguilas Negras" a narcoparamilitare that operates throughout the Colombian territory since 2006 and intimated to social workers to cease their activities and leave the country under penalty of death. At least nine people victim of these threats are working directly on the project "Women for the construction of a society of Peace (DOCP)" both nationally and locally level.

Actions taken

To address these threats were taken all preventive measures and security that the Colombian State guarantees including a series of meetings and public announcements of the authorities and the provision of an armed escort to the state leaders who are considered most at risk . Furthermore, the organization ARCS has set in motion a number of measures for international lobbying both with the Italian diplomatic corps in Bogotá and with international organizations in order to be guaranteed the freedom to engage in civil society activities and the safety of social workers doing pressure on the Colombian authorities. Both the Italian Embassy in Bogotá as international organizations have proved very helpful and quickly have accepted our demands formal communications to the Colombian authorities and manifesting their widest possible solidarity with the victims of these threats.

Complexity of consultation with local organizations.

This phase of the project was longer than expected, and in some cases, as for organizations in Cauca and Valle del Cauca, more complex. This is mainly due to the fact that in these areas of the country the civil society needs, especially women, are more and deal with various facets. For example in Valle del Cauca issues to be addressed are the rights of indigenous peoples and the mining exploitation in the area.

Actions taken

In order to stem this critical point it was decided to give greater assurance of possible participation to all local organizations involved in the process and to accept the request for an extension of the issues to be addressed in the workshops in accordance with the guidelines already set up in the text of the Project. To start the project participatory and democratic as possible and to increase ownership of the process by the beneficiary, it was considered appropriate not to force the timing and meet deadlines democratic and participatory for the grassroots organizations. This meant that the phase of consultation with local organizations has dwelt more than thought but on the other hand it allowed us to strengthen the relationship with the beneficiaries of the project and to put those foundations of trust and sharing that we will address the entire project in a more fluid and deep.

Evolution of the internal armed conflict on the ground.

In november 2014 the General Ruben Dario Alzate was taken prisioner by Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC-EP in Chocò Dipartment. This fact caused various reactions as the strengthening of militarization in the area and the suspension of peace negotiating in La Habana. Until the liberation of the officer any activity was not recommended. For this reason the project activitis planned in Chocò on 1 - 2 december 2014 were postponed because of the lack of security requirements.

Actions taken

In this case it was appropriate to maintain the security requirements both for the beneficiaries and for the project staff, even if it meant the delay on the activities plan.

Difficulty of dialogue with local authorities because of the upcoming administrative elections.

The election campaign was ongoing and didn't allowed to establish durable relationships with local Authorities, at the end of their mandate. This made difficult the negotiation of "Dialogue Table" with the local Authorities, like established on the project plan.

Actions taken

The elections could help the implementation of the activites although with some delay, it could offer the opportunity to involve the candidates on importants issues for the beneficiaries, and to lobbyind directly on political level, and public policies.

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