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Organization: Fundacion Mujeres por Colombia
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Si, hemos visto progresos entre las mujeres profesionales que conforman nuestro grupo nucleo, mas de 650 mujeres residentes de Bogota, Colombia, que desempenan funciones profesionales en las mas diversas areas de la actividad economica. Creemos que el desarrollo de solidaridad, de conciencia de genero y de redes de apoyo es un signo de avance hacia una cultura de paz y no violencia.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

No hay costumbre dentro de las personas de participar en organizaciones, de la importancia de trabajar dentro de un marco institucional. Tampoco hay disciplina de trabajo voluntario y un acercamiento sistematico hacia la colaboracion con una causa.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Nosotros hemos realizado en forma sistematica, desde mayo de 1995, una reunion mensual del grupo, con diferentes actividades de encuentro y creacion de espiritu de grupo. Ademas participamos en la organizacion de la audiencia de mujeres en el proceso de paz con la guerrilla colombiana. Durante nuestras reuniones tenemos unas normas de comportamiento que buscan mantener una cultura de respeto apertura, valoracion de la diversidad: cultura de escucharnos a todas, de que todas las personas tienen algo valioso para aportar.



Dr. Isabel Londo˝o, President of the Foundation Women for Colombia, and Dr. Consuelo Cardenas, Executive Director share with a group of more than 54 Colombian professional women, members of the Foundation's network, in one of the traditional monthly breakfast meetings.



The Foundation Women for Colombia reunites women of all ages, all professions, all political ideologies around the issue of women's solidarity and social responsibility. But our funding principle is that our professional work, done in the best conditions and with a true sense of responsibility for others and for our country is our best way to contribute to development and social justice. So we work to strenghten the careers of our members and to help them develop a sense of belonging to a larger community than their families and
traditional social network.



An overview of one of the breakfast meetings of the Foundation Women for Colombia. In each of the meeting, all the participants introduce themselves, and share with the group 1-2 minutes with their experience, interest or demands. The group also has a listserve and an electronic bulletin to contribute with job searching and recruiting, events, and other services.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Trabajar fuertemente en la eliminacion del machismo y otras formas de discriminacion.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Nosotras somos parte de AWID, de la red de organizaciones de mujeres de Colombia.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Continuar con el seminario-taller Conciencia e identidad femenina. participar en las negociaciones de paz cuando estas se presenten. SEguir promoviendo la formacion politica y la participacioin politica de las mujeres.

Postal address of organization

Cra 4 No. 80-60 apto 702, Bogota, Colombia

E-mail address of organization

isabel.londono@post.harvard.edu

Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

igualdad entre hombres y mujeres

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

participacion democratica

Highest priority country of action (or international)

colombia

Second priority country of action (or international)

venezuela
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