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The AVP program in Colombia is PLA’s longest-running program and has included five regions: Bogotá/Central, Atlantic coast, Northeast, Occident and Medellín.  From 2006 to 2016, AVP Colombia completed over 300 workshops, impacting more than 2,500 participants. Youth have been a priority population for AVP Colombia as well as victims of the armed violence, 75% of whom are women. Workshops continue with communities in indigenous and Afro-Colombian territories located in the coastal and southwestern regions rich in natural resources.

In 2018, PLA expanded to Ecuador, working for the first time with Jambi Mascari, an indigenous Kichwa women´s organization in the Andes. This project will train Kichwa-speaking indigenous women leaders as AVP Facilitators to work with women and youth in their communities. In the face of extreme racism, economic marginalization, cultural discrimination, and domestic violence, the indigenous women of Jambi Mascari exhibit strong leadership locally and nationally as advocates for indigenous rights and cultural survival. They represent larger Andean indigenous movements that resist aggressive models of economic development threatening their natural resources and spiritual-cultural traditions.

This partnership reflects PLA´s commitment to support women´s agency, respect indigenous cultures and languages, and strengthen social movements in the region. PLA accompanies other indigenous communities facing multiple forms of violence across Guatemala, Colombia and Honduras.

Recent News from our Partners

Kichwa Women Celebrate the Inti Raymi Festival for Summer Solstice in Ecuador 

June 20th, 2019|Articles, Peacebuilding en las Américas, PLA Other Regions|

PEACEBUILDING EN LAS AMÉRICAS — Kichwa women in Ecuador celebrate Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, summer solstice, the biggest indigenous celebration of the year. It is a time of giving thanks, honoring the abundance of the Earth and the harmony of all creation with communal dance, music, ritual and symbol. Still, in some communities, it can also result in violence as men of rival villages compete to take over the central city square in a show of physical strength. PLA expanded to Ecuador in 2018. Its partners are leaders in the Andean Highlands of the indigenous Kichwa women´s organization, Jambi Mascari, who have been working with their municipality in Cotacachi on strategies to avoid deaths this year on Inti Raymi. Last year, for the first time there were no deaths on the day of the festival.

For Women, Healing is Political

May 2nd, 2019|Articles, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peacebuilding en las Américas, PLA Other Regions|

PEACEBUILDING EN LAS AMÉRICAS — Peacebuilding en las Américas (PLA) accompanies courageous women throughout Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Ecuador 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.

Bilingual Kichwa-Spanish Women Motivated to Facilitate in Ecuador

February 21st, 2019|Articles, Peacebuilding en las Américas, PLA Other Regions|

PEACEBUILDING EN LAS AMÉRICAS — The Regional Foundation of Consultation on Human Rights (INREDH) offered an Advanced Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)Workshop with 15 Kichwa-Spanish bilingual women from eight villages. All of the participants were members of Jambi Mascari, a Kichwa indigenous women's group in Cotacachi, Ecuador.