National, Local and Gender Contexts of Violence and Democracy


An interdisciplinary panel of scholars will discuss new forms of violence and democracy in Post-Peace Accord Colombia. Communities across rural and urban spaces are experiencing different conditions of social life that have led them to question traditional democratic values and practices. In this panel, led by Professor Patricia Tovar (John Jay College and GC-CUNY), we will discuss how both transformed political violence and contemporary democratic participation are reshaping the life of youth, women and grassroots activists.

Guests speakers

  • Patricia Tovar, John Jay College, CUNY
  • Max Yuri Gil Ramírez , National University of Colombia, Medellín
  • Leon Arreondo, West Chester University)

Date: Friday, March 16th
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Room C203
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
(Between 34th and 35th Street)


Race, Gender and Peace in Colombia


Social issues in Colombia are thoroughly discussed at the GC-CUNY!

Our speaker is Charo Mina Rojas from Black Communities’ Process. Her work focuses on defense of collective human rights of Afro-descendant People, particularly Afro-descendant women in Colombia, including their rights to equality and self-determination as well as the protection of Afro-descendant ancestral territories.

During Colombia’s peace negotiations, she worked with the Ethnic Commission for Peace and Defense of Territorial Rights to ensure inclusion of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities. As a result of their advocacy, the peace agreement between the FARC and Colombian government includes a landmark “Ethnic Chapter”, containing protections for collective and individual human rights of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian Peoples.

Charo is now a member of the Special High Level Body for Ethnic Peoples, and is working to ensure the Colombian Government’s peace implementation plan fully adheres to the provisions of the Ethnic Chapter and other relevant provisions of the Peace Accord, including its gender rights protections.

We hope you can join us and please feel free to spread the word.