Women Building Peace Award
Our compa and team member María Eugenia Mosquera Riascos, or Maru as known by friends and communities, is the recipient of the United States Institute of Peace’s (USIP) 2022 Women Building Peace Award.
The independent Women Building Peace Council, which is made up of distinguished experts and advisers in the fields of gender and peacebuilding, guided the process of selecting six finalists from this year’s nominations and chose the award winner.
The council stated Maru’s selection was based on her skills and track record in using the many instruments of peacebuilding, her effectiveness in representing traditionally marginalized communities during the peace talks in Havana, and the impact of her 30-year commitment to advancing peace in Colombia.
“María Eugenia Mosquera Riascos is a champion for justice, dignity and peace in Colombia,”
said USIP President and CEO Lisa Grande, and added:
“She is a great peacemaker.”
Read the press release here.
Read more about her work here.
National Award for Human Rights
In 2017, Enrique Chimonja Coy, or Kique, was selected the Human Rights Defender of the Year in the National Awards for Human Rights, granted by Diakonía and the Swedish Church.
Since 2014, FORPP has accompanied Human Rights activist Enrique in the city of Buenaventura and in the rivers of San Juan, Calima, and Naya, home to indigenous and afro-descendent communities who are survivors of the armed conflict. Since 2019, Enrique is part of the FORPP field team.
You can watch his emotional speech here and read more about his work here.