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Colombia is a country afflicted by more than 40 years of internal armed conflict. Diakonia and partners work together to guarantee the enforcement of human rights, gender equality and democratic participation towards a negotiated solution to the conflict.
Focus areas in Colombia
Diakonia has identified human rights defenders, victims of the armed conflict, women and ethnic groups as the most vulnerable, giving special attention to the situation of violence against women. Diakonia works directly with community based organizations on a local level and with NGOs on a national level to strengthen legal processes, demands for rights and peace building. Together with national networks we carry out advocacy on public policies on a national and international level.
Resolving the conflict
In October 2012, a dialogue and negotiation process formally began between the national government and the FARC guerrillas, with the aim of resolving the conflict. Diakonia's partner organizations actively advocates for a peace treaty to be produced, thus taking the first step off putting an end to the violence and insecurities in Colombia.
Vast economical and social differences
Colombia is characterized by vast economical and social differences between its inhabitants. The country has undergone a large political and social change in the last few decades, changing from a typical agricultural society to a more urban and industrialised society.
Strong civil society
Despite its violent history, Colombia has a strong civil society at national level, and several peace and human rights initiatives at local level. The government elected in 2010 has presented legislative proposals aimed at attacking the structural causes of the armed conflict, such as the land restitution to people affected by violent dispossession, and the rights of victims of the armed conflict.
Diakonia's work makes a difference
Diakonia's Colombia programme co-operates with 28 partner organizations focusing on issues spanning from the rights of women and LGBTI people to indigenous rights. The work in Colombia has made a difference regarding several issues in Colombia:
Diakonia has strengthened the rights enforcement of more than 6 600 key leaders to raise their capacity to change their communities
The protection of human rights defenders, as an ongoing tool to ensure that these people can continue to work within their field.
The capacity building of civil society organizations to enable them to work on proposals for public policies regarding peace building in the country.
Read more about our work in Colombia
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Marcha por la paz - Peace march in ColombiaOn April 9th 2013, over a million people marched in Colombia's capital Bogotá to demand peace and social justice. Several municipalities gave their employees and school children a day off to participate. Diakonia and several of our partner organization's participated to support for the cause. More about the march
Oidhaco releases factsheet on women's situation in ColombiaIn corporation with Colombian civil society organizations, the Oidhaco network has produced a factsheet where data concerning women's rights as well as practical instruments can be found. Diakonia is a member of Oidhaco, and support the information on the factsheet. More about the fact sheet
Colombia: Mission investigates human rights situationIn 2012, Diakonia co-financed an International Verification Mission to get and external and objective assessment of the situation of human rights defenders in Colombia. More about the mission