Thinking about Inclusion: Afro-Colombians and the Colombian Peace Process

May 18, 2015

In a context of recent polls indicating waning public support for the peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)–see previous post here–it is worth thinking about how to address the issue of public opinion.  One way that the peace process can be strengthened is by finding ways to engage a broader set of civil society stakeholders.  One important group excluded so far, the Afro-Colombian population, is working to have its needs and proposals heard at the peace table.  How can Afro-Colombians and other excluded groups enhance their participation in the process, and what are the risks if they cannot? Join us at the U.S. Institute of Peace on May 26 from 2-3:30 pm for a discussion of these questions.  This Colombia Peace Forum event will be co-sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace, Washington Office on Latin America, AFRODES International, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, and the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network.

The event will be conducted and webcast in Spanish.  Simultaneous English translation will be available on site at 2301 Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, DC. Click here to register.

The program will feature:

  • Virginia M. Bouvier
    Senior Advisor for Latin America Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Richard Moreno
    CONPA Coordinator and Coordinator for the Inter-Ethnic Chocó Solidarity Forum (FISCH)
  • Agripina Hurtado
    President, Afro-Colombian Labor Council (CLAF)
  • Carlos Rosero
    Founder, Black Communities Process (PCN) and National Afro-Colombian Authority (ANAFRO)
  • Marino Cordoba
    International Coordinator of CONPA and President of AFRODES
  • Father Obdulio Mena Palacios
    National Afro-Colombian Conference (CNOA)

For more information, to register for the event, and to view the webcast live online, click here.  I hope you can join us!

Faces of Memory

In case you missed the short film, “Rostros de la Memoria,” (“Faces of Memory”), produced by the National Historical Memory Center, I include it below.   In addition to amazing cinematography, the film offers many pearls of wisdom on the importance of inclusion for peacebuilding and reconciliation:

About Ginny Bouvier

Love reading, writing, thinking, and working with people to make the world a better place. Family and friends, yoga, travel, photography, perusing dessert menus keep me sane. Latin American enthusiast. Peace practitioner yearning for justice. Heading up the Colombia program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, but tweets and posts are my own.
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