Women in Colombia’s Caribbean region experienced extreme violence and trauma during the armed conflict and many live in poverty with little access to land and economic opportunity. Unión Temporal Construyendo Esperanza (UTCE) is working with 15 grassroots women’s organizations of indigenous Zenú, Afro-descendants, campesinas and other victims of violence in Sucre and Córdoba to strengthen the family economy, reinforce cultural identity, promote public policies benefiting women and call attention to the importance of peace building as a necessary base for sustainable development in the post-conflict period. At the IAF we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Colombia. UTCE’s activities strengthen excluded communities so they can improve their living conditions and participate equally in their nation’s political, economic and social life. This grant is part of a broader initiative to build a just and lasting peace in Colombia.
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|Promoting active citizenship, group cohesion and cultural and economic empowerment among indigenous, Afro-descendant, and campesina women in Sincelejo and Córdoba||Colombia||2018 – 2020||$283,954||$256,734||180 individuals||2,000 individuals||job skills and enterprise development|
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