Information About Loonie/Toonie Project for 2019


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CFUW is pleased to announce that the IWD Fundraising Project for the year 2019 is “Promoting Justice for Women in Antioquia, Colombia” a project supported by Inter Pares and implemented by their Columbian counterpart Humanas. CFUW is thrilled to partner with Inter Pares, an organization that has worked for over 40 years with organizations from around the world to build peace, advance justice and globalize equality.

As Clubs are gearing up for the next year, we hope Club executives will consider in their fundraising plans support for strategic litigation for women and girls that were victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Colombia’s armed conflict. Rita Morbia, Inter Pares Co-Executive Director shared with us a few words on this exciting partnership:

     As one of Canada’s foremost and longest-running women’s organizations working  on a diverse array of issues that intersect with women’s equality, CFUW is an important force in Canada in the struggle for women’s rights. Inter Pares is grateful for CFUW’s generous support of our work with Humanas to promote justice and peace for women in Antioquia, Colombia. 

Women and girls have been impacted by Colombia’s armed conflict in a variety of ways. It is often women who have had to provide food, clothing, and shelter to sustain their families and children during and after conflicts. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) has been widespread and continues to be used as a weapon of war. Women and girls have experienced physical and psychological trauma, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and stigmatization. This year, with support from CFUW, Inter Pares is working closely with its Colombian counterpart, Humanas to contribute to the process of justice and peace, most notably by supporting women and girls that have been victims of SGBV within the framework of Colombia’s armed conflict. The geographical focus of this work is the Department of Antioquia, which has the highest number of reported cases of SGBV in the country - the vast majority of which have gone undocumented and unpunished. Working alongside local partners (mainly community-based organizations) in Antioquia, Humanas will prepare a detailed case study on SGBV in Antioquia which will be presented to the appropriate legal body established under the terms of the Peace Accord the Colombian government signed with the FARC guerilla organization.

To find out more about Inter Pares and Humanas click here!