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Transformation through Community Action – Lessons from Butterflies with New Wings


In 1991 Colombia adopted a constitution widely regarded as inclusive and progressive. Yet this “constitution of rights” did not prevent extended communal violence. As entire neighborhoods were overrun by illegal armed groups, women were particularly vulnerable.

Amid the chaos, a network of women’s groups worked to provide practical support and hope to victims of violence.  This self-help group, Butterflies with New Wings, Building a Future, was the winner of the 2014 Nansen Refugee Award.

In this seminar, Colombian Academics explores the ways in which the Butterflies are awakening hope in individuals and communities, assisting women not only to heal the wounds of their experiences with violence but also to transform themselves into agents of social change, and fostering reconciliation in communities profoundly affected by armed conflict.

Instructor: Colombian Academics (Instructor TBA)
Sessions: 1
Dates: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28 East 35th Street (Madison & Park)