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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Colombia -- Conference -- Friday March 16th @ 12:00 noon
A TALK WITH GRASSROOTS LEADERS FROM COLOMBIA
Canadian International Develoment Agency (CIDA)
200 Promenade du Portage, Hull, room 870
> Friday, March 16th
> From 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
> Colombia's 4-decade long civil war is rendering invisible social movements
> with innovative and courageous proposals for peace and social
> transformation. They have become targets of systematic violence,
> disappearances and forced displacement.
> The invisible Struggles Tour aims at making visible the diverse popular
> efforts for social transformation that persist despite the context of war
> and repression and at establishing direct links for future collaboration
> reciprocal exchange.
> The guests are:
> María del Pilar Córdoba
> Representing Ruta Pacífica de Mujeres (Women's Path to Peace), a national
> Colombian social movement dedicated to the achievement of social
> transformation and peace through non-violent struggles, recently awarded
> first UNIFEM Millennium Peace Award.
> Dora Guzmán
> From Barrancabermeja's Organización Femenina Popular (OFP)-Women's Popular
> Organization, a grassroots organization working to build self-reliance
> Barranca's most marginalized communities. Since January, 2001 the OFP has
> been under direct threat by the paramilitary forces.
> Ezequiel Vitonás Talanga
> Indigenous leader from Cauca province in southern Colombia, and one of
> leaders of the Nasa Project, an adult and higher education initiative that
> is graduating native students in their own territories, based on their own
> culture (UNESCO award).
> Carlos Rosero
> National leader of the Autonomous Afrocolombian movement, the Proceso de
> Comunidades Negras de Colombia (PCN).
> Patricia Buriticá
> Leader of CUT, the largest union federation in Colombia.
> Agustín Reyes
> Founder of ASOPRICOR, the peasant association of the Tocaima region and
> coordinator of the national peasant movement for Comunidades y Territorios
> de Paz (Communities and Territories for peace).
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