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As negotiators for the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group iron out the final details of a potential peace accord, USIP is working with a network of 30 women mediators from a dozen regions of Colombia who are preparing to serve as catalysts for reconciliation in the aftermath of an agreement. 

Colombian Women Mediators Prepare to Support Peace

This 30-minute documentary highlights their work, supported by USIP in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, and explores their strategies for helping prevent and mediate disputes in their communities. In a post-accord period, they will put their skills to the service of preventing and mediating conflicts, especially those between ex-combatants and victims, ethnic groups, within civil society, between citizens and the government, and between citizens and corporations.

USIP began work in 2014 to connect the women and provide training, in sessions such as these filmed in Eastern Antioquia, Colombia. The U.S. Agency for International Development helped fund the project in 2015. Art Works Projects produced the film.

Mujeres Mediadoras de Colombia se preparan para apoyar paz

Mientras los negociadores del gobierno colombiano y el grupo armado, FARC, resuelven los últimos detalles de un posible acuerdo de paz, una red de 30 mujeres mediadoras de 12 regiones de Colombia se están preparando para servir como catalizadores para la reconciliación en las secuelas de un acuerdo. Este documental de 30 minutos destaca su trabajo, con el apoyo de USIP en colaboración con la Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB).  Explora las estrategias que las mujeres usan en sus mediaciones.  En una etapa post-Acuerdo, pondrán sus capacidades al servicio de la prevención y mediación de las disputas, como las que pueden surgir entre los ex combatientes y las víctimas, entre grupos étnicos, dentro de la sociedad civil, y entre los ciudadanos y el gobierno.

USIP lanzó el proyecto en el 2014 para conectar las mujeres y ofrecer oportunidades de capacitación en sesiones como la observada en el video. Aquí se observa las sesiones filmadas en el Oriente Antioqueño, Colombia. La Agencia de EE.UU. para el Desarrollo Internacional ayudó a financiar el proyecto en el 2015. El documento fue producido por Art Works Projects.

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