We believe that peace requires the equal participation of all members of society, including men, women, girls, boys and gender minorities.
To mark International Women's Day 2015 on 8 March, we are sharing the stories of our inspiring peacebuilders around the world – both men and women – and their views on peace and gender equality.
Alba Centeno, Colombia
Alba is Senior Programme Officer for Latin America at International Alert and is based in Bogotá, Colombia.
Why did you decide to work in peacebuilding?
I decided to work in peacebuilding because I believe that it is the best way to change injustices and inequalities. When we’re developing different activities in different parts of the world, with the same objective, I believe we can achieve real and structural changes.
Why is International Women's Day important to you?
Because it’s symbolic: it’s a date to remember different types of violence against women, it’s a date to ask ourselves if we really have achieved some progress in women's rights, real equality, and to assess what the new challenges are today in achieving gender equality.
Why in your opinion is gender equality important for peacebuilding?
By achieving equality in power relations, our differences and conflicts can be transformed to bring about positive and constructive outcomes.
What has been your proudest moment as a peacebuilder to date?
Wow, I think that every day I feel proud of my work, but a special moment was when I went to Nairobi for a training for trainers, where I had the opportunity to meet people from around the world who are all working for the same objective as me. It was an inspiring experience that gave me hope, and I felt proud to be part of it.