WATCH: How Women Shaped the Peace Deal in Colombia

Women play an important role in peace processes around the world. This video examines how women shaped the Colombian peace agreement—ending the longest armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere.

“In Colombia,” Hillary Clinton said in remarks at the 2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton awards ceremony, hosted by Georgetown University, “we’ve seen women organize, agitate and negotiate to help bring to a close to more than 50 years of bloodshed. While conflict raged and efforts to stop the violence failed, women not only took their places at the table, they opened up the peace process to women across Colombia and urged over and over again that all parties not walk away until they reached an agreement.”

Secretary Clinton presented awards to four Colombians involved with the Colombian peace efforts at the ceremony: Humberto De la Calle, Maria Paulina Riveros, Elena Ambrosi and Jineth Bedoya. She also delivered remarks.



Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security seeks to promote a more stable, peaceful and just world by focusing on the important role women play in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies and addressing global threats like climate change and violent extremism. GIWPS engages in rigorous research, hosts global convenings, advances strategic partnerships and nurtures the next generation of leaders.