Dinner, Workshop "South Africa Database - Violence and the Role of Religions in South Africa", 2016

Colombia Day 2021

Peace and reconciliation from a gender lens. A comparative perspective.
Dinner, Workshop "South Africa Database - Violence and the Role of Religions in South Africa", 2016
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27 May 2021, 09:00
27 May 2021, 17:00
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Zoom link:  https://uni-jena-de.zoom.us/j/61215779994
ID meeting: 612 1577 9994
Access code: CD2021

Thursday the 27th,  9 am - 12am

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner, Director of the JCRS. Event Opening
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Hammerschmidt. Co Director CALAS Cono Sur. Welcome words
  • Dr Luis Peña, JCRS. The current situation of violence in Colombia.
  • Bishop John Rucyahana. The role of women in peacebuilding in Rwanda.
  • Prof. Dr. Sarah Jäger, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena. Discourses on gender and gender roles in Western Germany after World War II.
  • Gunes Dasli, JCRS Ph.D. researcher. Gendering Peace: The Experience of Colombia and Turkey
  • Hiba Sarrouj, JCRS Ph.D. researcher. Colombia and Lebanon. Art and gender for peace.

Thursday the 27th, 3 pm - 5 pm

  • Stefan Peters, Scientific Director of CAPAZ German Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ), Intersectionality: A crucial issue for the Colombian peace process
  • Dr. Laura Villanueva and Gloria Ramirez, Director of the Association for Victims United for Life. ASOVIDA: local memory and Peace Initiative Antioquia, Colombia
  • Prof. Dr. Sara Koopman, Kent University. Peace as spatial, peace as plural: gender, sexuality, race, and territory in the Colombian peace accord .
  • Prof. Dr. Josefina Echavarria, Director Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) at the Kroc Institute,  Elise Ditta, Research Associate PAM. The Colombian Final Agreement in the Era of COVID-19: Institutional and Citizen Ownership is Key to Implementation


In Colombia´s Final Peace Agreement there are three guiding principles: gender, ethnicity, and territoriality. The incorporation of these principles in the institutions created to materialize the Peace Accord (such as the Truth Commission, the Special Jurisdiction of Peace, and the Agency for Transformation of the Territory) has been difficult for several reasons. First, the opponents of peace agreement deem the insertion of terms gender, ethnicity, and territoriality as a perversion of an agreement that should have consisted only in the demobilization and judgment of the FARC´s combatants. Second, many parts of society, including some scholars, overlook the relevance of a differential approach for the implementation in the Peace Accord which hinders the recognition of the political innovations that this approach represents. Third, the organizations and institutions engaged with the differential approach have difficulties to get data for showing the differential victimization during the conflict. Fourth, the violence has not stopped after the signature of the Peace Accord at the same time that the current government is composed mainly of political sectors that undermine the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

The differential approach is relevant for understanding how violence has burden differentially in the bodies, ethnic groups, and regions but also for understanding that peace and reconciliation are an intersectional process. In the previous version of the Colombian Day, we explored the territorial and ethnic dimension of the implementation of the Peace Agreement, and this year we aim to discuss gender questions like why gender matters for understanding the mechanisms of violence and the routes of peace and reconciliation? What makes visible the gender and the intersectional approaches? What experiences in Colombia and in other countries show that women are not “objects” of peace or just “victims who need to be saved”, but that they are politically active subjects who operate changes locally and nationally. For responding to this question we are inviting scholars and peace practitioners from Colombia, Ruanda, Turkey, Germany, Lebanon. 


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