“For me, peace means justice. I imagine peace with young girls who can live a real childhood and have good schooling. With Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities who can celebrate their cultures. With leaders who listen to their people.” - Stella Duque
Yet despite this essential role, women’s voices are often overlooked in peace talks and negotiations. As if the priorities of a small group of men with guns are somehow more important. Peace agreements that ignore women simply don’t work. In fact, over 50% fail within five years, often reigniting violence.
That’s why, through your valued commitment, MADRE supports grassroots women’s groups striving to create safe, just communities in which everyone can thrive.
Through our workshops, young survivors of Colombia’s decades-long war receive restorative art therapy and counseling to help them recover from their traumas. Thank you for helping young women harmed by war to rebuild peaceful lives.
Stella Duque is the leader of Taller de Vida, MADRE’s partner group in Colombia. Together, we provide critical counselling and healing art therapy to former child soldiers to help them rebuild peaceful lives.
"Peace is breathing well, feeling well and feeling free. Peace is feeling like you can walk on the street without fear." - Yisel
Taller de Vida provides critical services for displaced Afro-Colombian and Indigenous women and youth. They work with former child soldiers and youth at risk of being recruited in Colombia's decades-long war, and use art and activism to create a peaceful future.
We can help women experiencing sexual violence and end rape as a weapon of war in our lifetime. Momentum is already building towards this goal: world leaders have finally recognized what women’s human rights activists have spotlighted for decades.