Sep 2016
Women of the Colombian diaspora will be visiting their home country this week to ensure their voices are included in the Colombian peace process. 
 
Members of the Truth, Memory and Reconciliation Commission (TMRC), an innovative grassroots initiative supported by Conciliation Resources, have been invited to Bogotá from the 19-21 September to attend the National Summit of Women and Peace. Led by UN Women, the summit will bring together some 500 people to discuss options for the participation of women in the implementation of the peace agreements. Members of the TMRC from London and Barcelona will be in attendance and will advocate for the voice of the women of the Colombian diaspora to be present in the post-agreement peacebuilding discussions and decisions. 
 
The TMRC of Colombian women in the diaspora was established in London in 2015 to empower women of the diaspora to play a role in the Colombian peace process. The Commission believe that the migratory experiences and skills of the diaspora are assets in the peacebuilding process, and should inform Colombia’s truth and collective memory. Furthermore, the project seeks to contribute to the healing of the trauma created by decades of conflict, and support the integration of the diaspora in their host countries.
 
A considerable part of the Commission’s work has been to document the impact of war and of migration on women and to understand the ways in which women have learnt to cope with their traumatic experiences. The initiative is now being replicated in Barcelona, and other hubs are to follow.
 
The National Summit in Bogotá will give members of the Commission the opportunity to share their knowledge and understanding on the global stage and engage in discussions with other organisations to ensure the voices of Colombian women around the world are heard.