Dialogue for a Culture of Peace in Colombia
Since 2005 the Colombian government has engaged in important peace processes with paramilitary groups and guerrillas, following the 50 year armed conflict in Colombia. The ongoing process with the FARC and the ELN is crucial and Colombians can finally catch a glimpse of the definitive ending of the internal armed conflict.
However, the legacy of violence and its deep cultural roots requires a deep and long-winded cultural transformation, in order to achieve a truly stable and lasting peace.
This process faces many complex risks. Youth in marginalized regions are especially threatened and vulnerable to several factors: possible dissidents of the guerrillas, criminal bands remnant of previous paramilitary groups, drug traffickers and illegal mining groups, amongst others. Poverty, inequality, unemployment and a severe lack of opportunities in these regions all contribute to deepening the problem.
Colombian youth has been unenthusiastic for political participation and rarely involved in peace efforts. To achieve the needed change it is essential to learn from the experience of older generations and from the country's historic past.
La Paz Querida and GPPAC have launched a project on ‘Intergenerational Dialogue for a Culture of Peace in Colombia,' * which aims to promote an intergenerational dialogue on the building of a culture of peace in Colombia and to empower Colombian youth to participate in influencing policy on a national level. The searched impact is to contribute to the reconstruction of the social fabric in the most affected regions of Colombia.
It is particularly important to empower young people, the new generations of Colombians who face the challenge of building a country without armed conflict and increasingly in peace. Colombian youth has been unenthusiastic for political participation and rarely involved in peace efforts. To achieve the needed change it is essential to learn from the experience of older generations and from the country's historic past. A transparent and constructive dialogue shall take place: Intergenerational dialogue for a culture of peace in Colombia.
Through this project, the Intergenerational dialogue will take place in 15 municipalities particularly affected by violence in which the reconstruction of social capital is particularly urgent. At least two of these dialogues will take place between rural and urban municipalities, in which the majority vote for the latest referendum was "no". In each selected municipality a dialogue will be held in the largest public school, which will include the participation of: i) students from the two last years of high school, ii) teachers, iii) parents, and iv) members of regional social organisations and civil society organisations (CSOs).
* This project is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with resources provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.
During his visit, GPPAC's Executive Director Darynell Rodríguez Torres had the opportunity to meet with Colombia's Foreign Affairs Minister María Angela Holguín. They discussed the state of the current peace talks and the prospects of a new agreement following the plebiscite of October 2nd, where the accord with the FARC guerrillas was rejected by a narrow margin.Read more
TRT World Interviewed Executive Director GPPAC on Colombian Peace Process
On 21 June, TRT World interviewed the Executive Director of GPPAC, Darynell Rodriguez Torres, on the peace process in Colombia.
Watch the full interview here.
On March the 14th and 15th, the 'First International Seminar on Human Security and Transitional Justice' will take place in Bogotá, Colombia. The event is organised by the General Command of the Armed Forces of Colombia and addresses the challenges for the Armed Forces to consolidate a stable and lasting peace in the country.Read more