Re-examining identities and power

Gender in peacebuilding in Colombia

Summary:

As part of a four-country research project on gender in peacebuilding, this report examines the case of Colombia, where society has been deeply affected by both decades of armed conflict as well as high levels of criminal violence. Our research approaches the challenges of peacebuilding in Colombia from a ‘gender-relational’ angle, which looks at men, women and trans- and intersex persons as gendered beings, takes into account the interaction between gender identities and other markers such as age, class, disability, marital status and the like, and examines how these identities are constructed relationally to one another. We approach gender not as a ‘technical’ peacebuilding issue, but as a lens through which to analyse societal norms, identities and power dynamics. A summary of our findings from Colombia and three other countries (Burundi, Nepal and Uganda) are available in our report, Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding. (Español)