WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Colombian Women Speaking Truth to End Violence: Testimonies and Recommendations to Colombia’s Truth Commission under the Peace Accord

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, 28 October 2021

(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Oxfam, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) cordially invite you to a webinar

The 2016 peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels, signed 5 years ago, mandated a Truth, Coexistence and Non-Recurrence Commission to uncover the truth about human rights violations during the conflict, promote recognition of the victims and the responsibilities of those in the conflict, and foster coexistence in order to ensure such violence is not repeated.

Many women and their organizations across Colombia have come together to document their own experiences, share their testimonies, offer an analysis of the structural roots of violence against women in a patriarchal society, and provide recommendations to ensure such violence does not recur. They recently delivered their report, “Truth Is: Politicizing Women’s Pain and Emotions,” to the Truth Commission, which will present its final report by June 27, 2022. 

Join us to hear Colombian women from the Cauca, Córdoba, and Meta departments talk about their experiences from the conflict. They will share their recommendations to the Truth Commission to address all forms of violence against women and ensure a strong gender approach for understanding the conflict and building lasting peace.


Event Details:
Thursday, October 28, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT


Simultaneous interpretation between English and Spanish will be available, exclusively on Zoom.


Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli
Director for the Andes, WOLA


María Camila Moreno Múnera
Colombia Head of Office, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)

Liliana Silva
Casa de la Mujer

Sandra Peña
North Cauca Women, Children, and Youth Corporation (Corporación Mujer Niñez y Juventud Nortecaucana)
Cauca, Colombia

Rosa Emilia Mosquera
Association for the Victims of the Internal Armed Conflict of Lorica (Asociación de Víctimas por el conflicto armado interno de Lorica, ASOVILOR)
Córdoba, Colombia

Ana Lucila Plata
Women’s Association of Ariari (Asociación de Mujeres del Ariari, ASOMURIARI)
Meta, Colombia


Read the prologue and introduction of the report in English: