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The path of women in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, located in the region of Urabá Antioqueño, was formed in 1997 amid the violence generated by the armed conflict. Peasant farmers from different villages signed a declaration that identified them as a Peace Community which rejected the different armed groups present in their territory by proclaiming their active neutrality[1] and through the concept of distinction of IHL. After almost 25 years of peaceful resistance, it continues to be an inspiring model of community life that has also promoted the incorporation of perspectives on gender equality allowing for an evolution in the political and social participation of women. It is this perspective that we analyze together with Sirly Cerpa, who was a member of the Peace Community´s Internal Council for six years.

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2004: The challenges of being a Women Human Rights Defender

In a context of high tension and major accusations against human rights defenders,[1] Soraya Gutiérrez, a lawyer from the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CAJAR),[2] received numerous threats and attacks. One day a package was sent to her home, Continue reading 2004: The challenges of being a Women Human Rights Defender