‘Transfariana’ : New doc looks at love story that helped ‘queer’ Colombia’s peace process

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07/01/2023

On October 7th 2016 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was given the Nobel Peace Prize “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year long civil war to an end”, despite Colombia’s rejection of the peace deal with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) just five days earlier in a referendum. Amongst the objections that produced the shock result – which delayed the signing of a final agreement until the following month – was the attention to gender. A gender sub-commission had taken part in the negotiations, tasked with looking at the gender-based violence that took place during the conflict, thus ensuring that women and LGBT+ groups were given a voice in the transition to peace. By broadening feminist representation to include LGBT+ voices, Colombia was able to ‘queer’ its peace process, though this was not to everyone’s liking, with accusations from opponents that a ‘gender ideology’ was being imposed on Colombian society.

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