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Colombia prepares for 22nd Festival, Women on Stage for Peace
an article by Telesur

From 8 to August 31, Bogotá will be invaded by art, culture and peace during the 22nd edition of the festival, Women on Stage for Peace.

More than 11 countries are participating in the event. (Foto:

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Some 70 companies from 11 countries will take part in the Festival, an event that annually attracts a great number of women's theater groups, their works, their experiments, their knowledge and their thinking.

The Colombian Theatre Corporation, under the direction of artist Patricia Ariza, will host the 22nd edition of Women on Stage for Peace, which will begin on August 8, 2013 and will feature 18 international groups, 22 national groups and 30 local groups.

For three weeks the capital of Colombia will be filled with color and joy with theatrical works coming from Mexico, Cuba, Peru and Brazil, among other countries.

The event will continue until August 31 with outdoor presentations, workshops, seminars and national and international meetings focused on a culture of peace from women.

According to information released by Prensa Latina, there will be about 100 functions in conventional spaces, 18 rooms throughout Bogotá, and another 20 localities available tothe program under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture.

The festival has become a meeting place for artists, activists and advocates for the rights of women, cultural promoters and builders of peace brought together through the performing arts.

Under the theme "Women bring art and take part in the peace processof Colombia," the meeting seeks to expand considerations to include discrimination against women, including such contentious issues as trafficking, abortion and violence.

The festival of Women for Peace is "taking part in the political settlement of peace through art and theater. A culture of peace is an urgent cause, but so broad that it has room for everyone," said Patricia Ariza, director of the Colombian Theatre Corporation.

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Question(s) related to this article:

Do women have a special role to play in the peace movement?,

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Latest reader comment:

The 30 articles in CPNN linked to this question make it clear that women indeed have a special role to play in the peace movement.  See the following for an historical explanation of why this is true.

This report was posted on August 6, 2013.