Colombianas Wielding Power, A Conversation with Natalia García Cortés

November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The People's Forum
320 W37th Street
New York
NY 10018
Hosted by AF3IRM NYC
NEW YORK: Bogota, Colombia just hit the news with the election of a gay “green” mayor for the first time in its history. This is partly the result of decades of struggle by the country’s women for rights and access to political and economic power. Natalia García Cortés, who is based in Colombia, knows full well what this recent victory signifies.
AF3IRM NYC and the International Committee of AF3IRM National, along with the War Resisters League, are honored to sponsor a public forum on “Colombianas Wielding Power.”
Ms. Natalia Garcia Cortes sets up training programs and workshops for women in the low-income neighborhoods of Colombia, codifying their needs and enabling them to acquire both the means to analyze and remedy their own situations. This is part of her work with the Right to Refuse to Kill program of the War Resisters International, a very important aspect in heavily militarized Colombia which had been wracked by civil war for five decades.
Ms. Garcia Cortes studied at the National University of Colombia, from which she obtained her degree in sociology and in which she is doing graduate work in feminism and gender studies. Her activism is focused on grassroots women, toward their emancipation from class, race and gender oppression.
Such an abiding commitment to the work of de-militarization and de-macho-ing of Colombian politics just recently produced phenomenal results. In addition to out-lesbian Claudia Lopez becoming mayor of Bogota, a post second in importance only to the presidency, FARC — which had signed a 2016 peace agreement with the government after 50 years of guerrilla war – also fielded candidates and won in the southwest area of the country. Two former FARC members were also elected, included Guillermo Torres who was known for his performances of traditional Colombian folk music. He is now the elected mayor of Turbaco, a town in the Bolivar department.
Ms. Cortes comes to New York amid change occurring in Colombia. Her presentation will be followed by an open question and answer. Interested parties may contact us at or send a message via
While we recommend a donation of $10 to offset the cost of refreshments, no one will be turned away. All are welcome.

**Refreshments will be served: baked goods from Mountain Province Espresso Bar of Brooklyn and coffee

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