HealthNet in Colombia
"On November 1st HealthNet TPO, in a consortium with ICCO en Mensen met een Missie, started a new project in Colombia. In this project we go to areas that have been heavily affected by the Colombian conflict. We use different models of intervention for this, including and encompassing the entire community in the intervention. Together with networks of people we will identify and work on the problems that they face and look for proper solutions. The overall emphasis is to decrease violence against women and to improve the participation of women in the peacebuilding process in Colombia.
We train people in their communities to become ‘agents of change’, they in turn can lead by example and inspire others to take part in positive change. For people who are in need of more specialized attention because they have been, for example, traumatized by their experiences, we offer psychosocial help. Colombian women have a saying: ‘Peace is made in your heart, not at the negotiating table’. They are the key beneficiaries of this project, we will help them to help other women but also to encourage behavioral change in the men in the community. Because the goal is to create equality between men and women and collaboration towards a peaceful future.
The project has been awarded to this consortium by the ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The call stemmed from the National Action Plan, Peace and Security which is based on the 1325 Resolution of the UN Security Council that explicitly recognizes the invaluable role of women in conflict resolution and peacebuilding."
Source: HealthNet TPO website