Women We Admire

Women We Admire

Maria Eugenia, or Maru as she is known to those close to her, has been working for peace in Colombia since she was a young teenager. In 1991, after her uncle was killed, she felt angry and hateful about the conflict in Colombia. A friend encouraged her to not let her rage turn into vengeance, but instead use it to help transform communities most affected by the violence into places building sustainable peace. With this encouragement, she began to volunteer with the Interchurch Peace and Justice Commission and create real change for communities across Colombia. She believes that women, “as creators of life,” play an important role in human rights work because, “we can feel a greater responsibility in the defense of life and rights. Not just because we are mothers, but because we generate life.”


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