“The inclusion of female FARC members in mine action activities could give a much-needed boost to Colombia’s current demining efforts while also supporting the reincorporation of ex-combatants.”
Tetyana Belitska, a former programme assistant for GMAP, has recently published an article (Clearing Colombia’s Landmines: The Untapped Potential of the FARC’s Female Fighters) in Colombia Reports on the inclusion of women in current peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government. In the context of mine action, Tetyana discusses the various benefits of a gender-inclusive demining process. Such benefits include contributing valuable knowledge on the scale and scope of landmine contamination as a result of better access to all sources of information, as well as reinforcing the FARC’s and Government’s guarantee of promoting and advancing gender equality in post-conflict Colombia.
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