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An article from Vaki
Since May 2018, Schools of Peace Foundation (Fundación Escuelas de Paz in Spanish), supports rural communities of Curillo and La Montañita, in Caquetá, in the development of actions that strengthen the leading role and active and inclusive citizenship in peace building processes that come from the territories through the Project Knitting Paths of Peace (Proyecto Tejiendo Caminos de Paz in Spanish).
Caquetá is one of the most affected departments of Colombia by violence. The emergence, prolongation and deterioration of the armed conflict has caused numerous human’s rights violations, perpetuated by different groups involved in this armed conflict.
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This situation has created a complex humanitarian crisis that affects rural, indigenous, mestizo and African-Colombian communities, these are the consequences of transculturation related to drug dealing, social consciousness of war, patriarchal culture, gender based violence, displacement, the growth of informal settlements, poverty and precarious conditions of the health system.
Nonetheless, the inhabitants of these territories, with great resilience, come together hoping to create peace building alternatives by collective initiatives, looking to generate education, opportunities, solidarity-based economy and a peaceful transformation of conflicts. In this task, it is important to highlight women leadership in their organizational, communicative and active processes.
The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has delayed organizational, formative and communicative processes of the project, which can lead to its decline for its lack of continuity.
Right now, in order to move forward with the last phase of the project, we need resources from the national and international civic society.
We need your support so that the communities can implement the advances of the formative process and the political incidence that they already began, so with this, they can develop collective initiatives and communicative strategies which will rebuild the social fabric and the nonviolent mobilization.
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