[News] All-Women FARC Summit Discusses Equality in Colombia Peace Deal

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  All-Women FARC Summit Discusses Equality in Peace Deal

September 20, 2016

Women of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia 
<http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Fate-of-Colombia-in-Your-Hands-FARC-Leader-Tells-Guerrillas-20160917-0031.html> 
and other organizations launched the 2nd National Women and Peace Summit 
Monday to promote women’s participation in the peace deal reached with 
the Colombian government.

According to a statement from the United Nations, 500 women who 
represent 700 organizations in the country are meeting in the capital of 
Bogota until Sept. 21.

The meeting has brought together feminists, Indigenous women, 
campesinas, Afro-Colombians, academics, LGBTIs, youth, journalists and 
artists.

Among the topics that the group will discuss are political 
representation, participation in post-conflict programs for the use of 
land, judicial guarantees, and protection against sexual violence.

The FARC-EP is also in the midst of its 10th National Guerilla 
Conference this week, where the rebel group will discuss the peace 
agreement reached with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos.

The Women and Peace Summit is part of the work organized by the 
Subcommission on Gender, whose representatives also participated in the 
peace talks in Havana, Cuba. The talks lasted almost four years, and 
included the input of the group to assure the implementation of the 
peace deal.

The final peace deal will be signed on Sept. 26 in Cartagena de Indias, 
but the accords will need to be put to a popular vote on Oct. 2. If 
“yes” wins, the agreement could end the over five-decades-long conflict 
that has killed over 220,000 people and displaced some 6.3 million others.

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