May 1, 2019, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
The landmark 2016 Colombian peace agreement mentions the word “mujer” (the Spanish word for woman) 197 times. In fact, this agreement was notable for the incorporation of a gender perspective in its negotiation agenda, in addition to ending a six-decade conflict that resulted in the deaths of more than 220,000 people and displaced more than 5 million. During the final years of the conflict, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (FARC-EP in Spanish) made a notable effort to publicize the participation of women in the organization. From documentaries highlighting the role women played to public appearances and pronouncements from the few high-ranking women in the or-ganization, the FARC worked to paint an image of itself as a champion of women’s rights and equality.