Here are the winners of the Women, Peace and Security Journalism Award


Representatives of Global Affairs Canada, the National Women’s Network and Colombia+20 with Ana María Mena Lobo, winner in the individual professional journalist category and the special prize.

Photo: National Women’s Network

For the third consecutive year, the National Journalism Award for Women, Peace and Security, which recognizes the work of journalists and communicators with a gender perspective and geared towards peacebuilding. The best works presented in four categories received this Thursday the prize awarded by the National Women’s Networkwith the support of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNP), the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) of the Global Affairs Canada, in alliance with Colombia+20 from El Espectador.

The final peace agreement signed between the ex-FARC and the Colombian state in November 2016 was unprecedented in the world. For the first time, a peace pact integrates the gender approach in a cross-cutting manner and charts the course for it to be maintained throughout its implementation. The role of women and their organizations has been fundamental in the implementation of the agreement, as well as in its promotion and monitoring. How have they done in these more than five years since the signing of the peace?

This was the question that revolved around the papers presented by journalists and students from different parts of the country. Here are the winners:

Category of professional journalist individual work:

Between light and shadow: the rural women of Santanderby Ana Maria Mena Lobo.

Rural women represent one of the most vulnerable populations in the country. Despite this, they configured themselves as leaders of their territories and subjects full of autonomy and social strength. In this special, rural women talk about their ‘shadows’ (problems), but also their ‘lights’ (opportunities) and offer a panorama to recognize and remember them in the daily life of society.

For the jurors, the work is complete, serious and tackles a little-analyzed subject such as the problem of rural women. They pointed out that the work has a high quality of writing, uses various sources to understand the problem, carefully treats the testimonies and poses the gender approach in a responsible and conscious way.

Category work submitted by student:

Declared deserted by jurors

The general appreciation of the jurors regarding the work evaluated in this category is the lack of depth or the absence of analysis from a gender perspective, which is not addressed by the simple fact of doing journalistic work on women. Works in this category were not original in their approach to issues, they normalized situations of violence and gender stereotypes, they did not reflect a critical view of stories, and they were not approached from a gender perspective.

Collective work category:

Women warriors who seek peace, by the Journalistic Investigation Unit of the Polytechnic and Public Issue of Grancolombiano

This multimedia project seeks to tell, through illustrations and chronicled interviews, the lives of eight women who at different times have contributed to the understanding of the armed conflict or its pacification, depending on their trades or occupations. Moreover, they talk about the struggles they have had to be accepted in the scenarios from which they have acted, and the difficulties they encounter between what they do and the family role that has been imposed on them or they dreamed of.

For jurors, the work included profiles of key women in the country’s history of armed conflict, from a former guerrilla like Vera Grabe to Colombia’s current vice president, Francia Márquez.

Special price category:

The winner of this category was chosen among the three winners of the other categories. In this sense, the juries awarded the special prize to Ana María Mena Lobo and her work Between shadows and lights: rural women of Santander.

Following this recognition, the laureate will travel to Congo, on a mission accompanied by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP).

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