Peace without women does not go! The Colombian peace process from a gender perspective

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Dhayana Carolina Fernández Matos, Investigadora, Universidad Simón Bolívar (Colombia); Universidad Central de Venezuela. and María Nohemí González-Martínez, Investigadora, Universidad Simón Bolívar (Colombia).

The start of the negotiations in 2012 between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) over an agreement to put an end to the Colombian armed conflict was marked by the absence of women. In response, women's and feminist movements raised their voices to press the government for inclusion in the process. Due to their intervention, women’s invisibility was alleviated by the creation of the Gender Subcommittee, the first of its kind in the world, and the gendered approach was mainstreamed. This paper analyses the meaning of war in the lives of Colombian women and the journey women's and feminist movements took to gain recognition for their experiences and needs in the 2016 Peace Agreement.

Key words:gender, sexual violence, armed conflict, peace, Colombia


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How to cite this article: Fernández-Matos, Dhayana C. y González-Martínez, María N. «La paz sin las mujeres ¡No va! El proceso de paz colombiano desde la perspectiva de género». Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, n.º 121 (abril de 2019). DOI: