in our Colombian context, the terms â€śgender equality,â€ť â€śwomenâ€™s rights,â€ť and â€śwomen
in leadershipâ€ť are being discussed, trampled on, and fought for.
is a touchy subject. No one wants
to be called a sexist or machista. Women are timidly and boldly stepping
forward, and men are shuffling aside, abashed and apologizing as they tiptoe
aimlessly around the stage.
welcomes these spaces of dialogue because even through tears and frustrations,
we hope to continue listening and learning along our journey for justice.
So we were very excited CAHUCOPANA asked us to accompany its members to
Dos Quebradas for the First Regional Meeting of Women from Northeastern
Antioquia: â€śFor the Defence of Land and Dignityâ€ť 30-31 May 2014.
was grateful to take part in sessions about unsung women heroines in Colombiaâ€™s
history and panels with the women leading todayâ€™s agricultural movement, as
well as a citizenâ€™s workshop where the women of Northeastern Antioquia defined
what peace meant to them. The
workshop led to the construction of a political
declaration in which these women envisioned alternatives for ending the
social violence and military conflict by transforming economical, social, and
cultural norms and by creating space for women as political actors. But
the moment that had the most impact for me was an evening fireside conversation
around apple sugar cane tea.