Rural women in Colombia suffer disproportionately from the effects of extreme weather, polluted water, drought, soil erosion, and other types of environmental decline. Their communities have also been among those hardest-hit by violence from Colombia’s armed conflict and organized criminal groups. To better address these challenges, rural women seek to sharpen their communications skills and increase their engagement with public officials. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to enhancing women’s participation in political decisions that affect them and their communities. In partnership with Corporación Buen Ambiente (Corambiente), Fundación Mujer y Futuro (FMF) is training women from the region surrounding the Paramo de Santurban, one of the country’s primary water sources, in peacebuilding, sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, and public policy with a gender focus.
This grant is part of our broader initiative to build a just and lasting peace in Colombia and the Women Investing in Growth and Security (WINGS) initiative to empower women as business and community leaders.