The Fourth International Workshop held in Bogota, Colombia, issues recommendations for public policy relating to indigenous, Afro-descendent, and rural women 

An international workshop held from August 12 to 14 in Bogota brought together leaders from Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, India, and Guatemala to issue recommendations for incorporating the viewpoints of women in public policy. The event assessed progress and identified opportunities to strengthen the participation of indigenous,  Afro-descendant, and peasant women in policy decisions related  to land rights, climate change, and sustainable economic development in Latin America.

One of the main recommendations to emerge was that the governments of Latin American countries must ensure women’s “legal security and access to land and territory, as a key factor for sustainable development and addressing climate change initiatives.” To achieve this, participants advised governments to promote actions that strengthen and empower women and local communities to manage and protect their land.

In the specific case of Colombia, the workshop urged the government to complete the implementation of Laws 70/93 and 731, and to comply with the Constitutional Court’s rulings on the right to collective ownership of the earth.

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