WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Webinar–Colombia’s 2016 Peace Accord: A Framework for Ethnic, Women’s, and LGBT+ Rights

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 21 July 2020

(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the International Institute on Race and Equality, the Latin America Working Group (LAWG), Colombia Human Rights Commission (CHRC), and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) for an online forum.

​If you require language interpretation (Spanish to English), please join on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GkeSzVHfSu-d6M3OdeO40g

​Si necesita interpretación del inglés al español, regístrese utilizando el siguiente enlace: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GkeSzVHfSu-d6M3OdeO40g



The inclusion of an Ethnic Chapter, as well as women’s, LGBT+, and gender rights issues in the 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was not only historic, but a model for future peace accords globally. Now, in its fourth year of implementation, while the Colombian government has made progress in some areas, challenges remain in terms of implementing certain commitments in a timely, comprehensive way.

On June 16, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame published its fourth comprehensive report on the peace accord. As part of its formal role as an independent arbiter of Colombia’s peace deal, the Kroc Institute uses data collection and analysis, based on a wide array of quantitative and qualitative variables, to assess where Colombia is advancing in implementing the peace accord commitments and where challenges still remain. The Ethnic Commission, composed of leaders from Afro-Colombian and Indigenous territories and civil rights groups, also released its most recent report on the implementation status of the Ethnic Chapter.

Join us to learn more about the findings of these reports and updates from experts on women’s rights, gender, and LGBT+ provisions. U.S.-based organizations including LAWG, WOLA, and others will share a collective set of recommendations for U.S. policy towards Colombia entitled, “Protect Colombia’s Peace.”


Event Details:

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. GMT-4 (Washington, D.C.)
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. GMT-5 (Bogotá, Colombia)


First Panel: “Towards Territorial Transformation”: The Kroc Institute’s Fourth Report on Implementation
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


 Josefina Echavarría
Director, Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) at the Kroc Institute

Elise Ditta
Research Associate, Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) at the Kroc Institute

Gerard Martin
Representative for Colombia, Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) at the Kroc Institute

Ivonne Zúñiga
Ethnic Specialist, Barometer Initiative at the Kroc Institute

 Daniel Cano
Political Relations Coordinator, Barometer Initiative at the Kroc Institute

Rebecca Gindele
Specialist, Barometer Initiative at the Kroc Institute



 Adam Isacson,
Director of Defense Oversight, WOLA


Panel 2: Peace Accord and Cross-cutting Approaches
11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.


 Luis Fernando Arias
Secretary-General, National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC)

Ariel Palacios
National Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA)

 Wilson Casteñada
Director, Caribe Afirmativo

Diana Gómez Correal
Professor, Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies (CIDER) at Universidad de los Andes

Larry Sacks
Colombia Mission Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)



 Carlos Quesada
Executive Director, International Institute on Race and Equality


Final remarks
12:10 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Lisa Haugaard
Co-Director, Latin America Working Group (LAWG)

 Josefina Echavarría
Director, Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) at the Kroc Institute


The event will be chaired by Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Director of the Andes at WOLA.


Simultaneous interpretation into English and Spanish will be available.