Public Statement 2016
|Women who build and live in peaceful territories|
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|Primary program areas||Education/training|
FMF was founded in April 1988 to promote equal opportunity for women and men in the departments of Santander and Norte de Santander and to improve women’s civic participation and awareness of their rights and responsibilities as citizens. It is governed by a general assembly that appoints an executive director who manages a staff of 10 individuals.
FMF has established itself as a regional reference for the protection of women’s rights. Among its achievements, FMF has carried out in collaboration with academic institutions at least ten studies on gender, women’s political participation, domestic violence and displaced women in the departments of Santander and Norte de Santander. These studies, in addition to other efforts, such as the creation of various women’s networks, have all contributed to increased visibility of women’s issues at a regional level. It has received financial support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Bread for the World, and municipal and departmental funds.
FMFwill contribute to peace-building in the city of Bucaramanga. FMF will use a hands-on methodology to train 30 women leaders in how to promote a culture of peace from a gender perspective, which recognizes the differential role of women as peace builders and as victims of the conflict. The project will directly benefit 30 women leaders of community organizations and local action committees (juntas de acción local) and indirectly reach an additional 600 people.
Rationale for Funding
Grassroots and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have an important role in building peace in Colombia. As Colombians begin to imagine a future without conflict, these organizations and their members must have their voices and proposals heard. To do this, they must have tools and spaces for learning and sharing, in this way building trust and relationships of mutual support among each other and with other actors in the country.
This grant adds to a cohort of projects that support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level. The grant will give IAF the opportunity to learn about how building trust and relationships of mutual support between grantee partners and other actors in the country can be a first step towards national reconciliation. These grants will also help the Foundation to learn how to more effectively respond at scale to challenging opportunities such as the peace process in Colombia.