Join Nidiria Ruiz Medina at the The People's Forum to hear her speak about how U.S. foreign policy in Colombia, including Plan Peace Colombia, the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the War on Drugs and increasing military cooperation play a substantial role in threatening the land, livelihoods and people of the Naya River. Nidiria is the general coordinator of the AINI Women's Association of the Naya River and a representative of Colombia's nation-wide Conpaz (Communities Building Peace in the Territories) network. She is an ethno-educator, community organizer, peace worker, and grassroots women's leadership trainer
More about the Speaker:
Nidiria Ruiz Medina belongs to the Naya River Basin community council, an Afro-descendent population in the southern area of Colombia’s Pacific region. She is part of an organizational process that contributes to the defense of territory and human rights. Her organizing work is articulated through the national CONPAZ (Communities Building Peace in the Territories) network, which provides tools and fundamental elements for building community.
Nidiria is an example of how rural women play an essential role in peace-building efforts. Through the AINI “Spring Fountain of Flowers” Women’s Association women work to rediscover the importance of fighting for participation spaces that allow them to make decisions and advocate for a vision of peace. Nidiria is a woman who defends collective territorial rights and identity through a gender approach. Despite the risks that this victimized population confronts—resisting a complex reality of conflict, exclusion, marginalization and historical state abandonment—Nidiria believes the Colombian Peace Agreement has helped reaffirm the rootedness of the land and spurred dreams of hope.
Together with the AINI Association and the CONPAZ network, Nidiria and her community have decided to exchange tears for smiles, promoting leadership based on a model of justice, truth, reparations and non-repetition, as ratified by the Victim’s Chapter in the Colombian Peace Agreement. That is why it’s essential to keep struggling for ancestral autonomy and independent education. This includes a Peace University, which emphasizes inclusion and participation, commemorates struggle and conflict resolution, and generates leadership rooted in social and community work, training, and peace-building strategies.
Nidiria motivates rural women to become visible in the reconstruction and reconciliation of values, and by weaving a social fabric that leads to inclusive social justice, she advocates for rural women to be in positions of transformative power.
Nidiria will be touring the Northeast (MA, CT, RI, VT, NY and NJ) from October 1st through October 19th. Our tour schedule is still being finalized and there is still room in the schedule if you are interested in hosting an event, organizer exchange, interview, or workshop with Nidiria. Contact Lee Schlenker at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an event or for more information.
Head over to our main tour page to see the full schedule of events! https://web.facebook.com/events/1914534001962294/