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Lilia’s Story

This is Lilia’s story. Julie and I have been taking shifts in the 24 hour a day accompaniment of Lilia in her home a few miles from our office in the city. She is spending most of her time resting in her room after her recent surgery. Now she’s sitting with me in the in … Continue reading

Urgent action: Serious threats to Women leaders and their families

Christian Peacemaker Teams CPT is gravely concerned about the safety and security of the leadership and the families of the Women’s Popular Organization ((Organización Femenina Popular –OFP-), one of CPT’s partners in Colombia. Yolanda Becerra, the national director, and Gloria Amparo Suarez, regional coordinator of the OFP, have been threatened with violence against their children. … Continue reading

Just in Time!

Today we give thanks to the God of life that Claudia Maria Mayorga, a woman, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and peace builder was released on November 1, 2012 after eight months of imprisonment. Earlier this year she was charged with rebellion for allegedly conspiring against the Colombian state. Her friends and family never lost hope; partly … Continue reading

Because She is a Woman!

Gloria, a leader and organizer from the Popular Women’s Organization (OFP) and I responded to an emergency accompaniment. Minutes before calling CPT, Gloria had received a call from a friend at social services asking for support for a young woman who was attempting to flee from a situation of sexual slavery. At the Prosecutor General’s … Continue reading

“Clear Out of the City” – Another Threat

WOMEN’S POPULAR ORGANIZATION BARRANCABERMEJA – MIDDLE MAGDALENA VOICES OF WOMEN Once again the Women’s Popular Organization (Oganización Feminina Popular) of Barrancabermeja is facing death threats. The threats are implied to come from the illegal armed groups (the former paramilitaries) who control the city. On Thursday September 13 at 10 pm, Gloria Amparo Suarez received a … Continue reading

Delegation Reflections: Women in Resistance

The July 2012 Colombia delegation is over. The focus of our delegation included the exploration of women’s issues in scenarios of violence and conflict. During the two week delegation, we met with several organizations that are partners of CPT. Representatives of these organizations shared countless narratives with us, with hope that we will return to … Continue reading

Human Rights are also a Human Way of Life

By Alix Lozano Miguel Angel González Gutiérrez,1 the first school of peasant formation, dedicated to strengthening, promoting and defending human rights, was held from June 29th to the July 2nd in Medellin. Active in northeast Antioquia for the last eight years, the school has been advancing the work of CAHUCOPANA. The school leadership are campesinos … Continue reading

Women human rights defenders: US Office on Colombia report

Women human rights defenders: US Office on Colombia report

Colombia, Women, War, and the Social Movement

Interview with Ana Teresa Lozada, originally published May 2010. by Chris Knestrick Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) had the opportunity to sit down with Ana Teresa Rueda Lozada to do an interview about the reality of womyn in Colombia, particularly the region of Magdalena Medio to understand how the conflict is affecting womyn. Also, CPT wanted … Continue reading

Are you a Doubting Thomas?

So often we cannot fathom the dire consequences of wars in faraway places: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia. The tentacles of militarism reach into people’s everyday lives in these countries, making simple tasks dangerous. Meanwhile, many people can spend days, weeks, months, years without experiencing what war feels like and benefit from the resources in these … Continue reading

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