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The collective of women refugees and exiled from Colombia in Spain

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The Collective of women refugees and exiled from Colombia in Spain it works since 2004 with women exiled from Colombia by the conflict of the last forty years, strengthening ties between them and building them into subject-creating peace. This group is constituted by Colombian women in exile who are organized to make visible the situation of inequality and discrimination in his country, especially towards women.

Alianza por la Solidaridadorganization working in Colombia in peace-building processes with women's organizations and youth at the territorial level wanted to articulate their work in Spain and has supported the collective of women refugees in a process of peace-building with focus on gender and contributions to the memory in order to generate a how collective identity and strengthen ties, as well as reflect on the conflict and the peace process. Through communication, self-care and repair, these women have disowned the victimization to become actors of memory and peace.

Alliance for solidarity with the financial support of the AECID It has supported the collective in two workshops that has generated its Mujeres colectivas y refugiadas Colombia - 2strengthening in order to be able to transform an identity victimized socially in a collective identity proactive with ability to be actors of peace. To do this, self-care has been the backbone in order to understand the experience of these women of their own bodies, from an experience of the body as a territory of conflict to experience the body as a space for peace. In self-care, communication has been a necessary tool, since the workshops have been formed as a space of expression and collective healing, where to get rid of the silence that these women have lived for so many years. The experience of exile has occupied a central position in the expression of experiences, these women have been as a community struggling for their rights and identities in response to pain.

In this context, it could reflect on the armed conflict and the peace process, wondering about the causes of the conflict and the responsibilities of the State in the process, public policies and the construction of historical memory. They concluded that a greater visibility of the experience of exile, considering the point of view of victims throughout the process is necessary. Gender mainstreaming is required in the policy on the conflict, it is crucial to consider women as actors of peace, not only as recipients of the consequences of the conflict.

The expression of experiences was a useful mechanism for the repair and healing of these women, a crucial step to empower themselves and be prepared to revolutionize and change society.

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