For over 15 years, Peacebuilding en las Américas (PLA) has accompanied courageous women throughout Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as they work for gender equality and nonviolent conflict transformation in their communities. Women make up the majority of participants in Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops sponsored by PLA throughout the continent. Additionally, women are at the forefront of bringing AVP to others as facilitators.
The 75 Franciscan nuns trained in AVP that bring workshops to schools and communities across war-torn areas in Colombia. . . .The female facilitator who traveled 52 hours in a bus to bring workshops to indigenous Arhuaco communities in isolated war-torn Sierra Nevada mountains in Colombia. . . .The mothers of the disappeared and assassinated in El Salvador who have provided a consistent voice of nonviolent resistance since 1980. . . .Female facilitators in Guatemala who facilitate workshops with police officers, schools, communities. . . Tolupan indigenous women fighting for their rights against illegal mining in Honduras. . . .Garifuna women joining together in opposition against rampant sexual violence and usurpation of their ancestral lands. . . .Female facilitators train incarcerated men separated from gangs and empower them in their rehabilitation. . . .