Rosa Emilia Salamanca is the director of the Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económia (CIASE), a Colombian peace building organization with a special focus on women’s rights and strengthening public policy. Rosa is a life-long peace activist who has dedicated herself to strengthening the participation of women and civil society in peace and decision-making efforts in war-torn Colombia.
Through her affiliation with various civil society groups, Rosa has played an integral role in peace negotiations involving Colombian government officials and leaders from guerilla groups. She has devoted much of her work to educating others on the peace process in Colombia. In addition she lectured internationally and has published several papers and books on the topic. Rosa has developed an innovative peace-education curricula which she uses to train community members, teachers and officials in conflict resolution, democratization, social development and human rights – all elements that have been key in civil society attempts to end the country’s near 50-year old conflict.
Currently, Rosa is a member of COALICION 1325, a group actively lobbying for a Colombian National Action Plan on Security Council Resolution 1325, the UN resolution on women, peace and security. As part of her work on the coalition, Rosa has introduced initiatives to raise awareness of the resolution and promote its implementation in indigenous communities in Colombia.
Rosa Emilia Salamanca, Inclusive Security, 4 February 2008.
Interview with Rosa Emilia Salamanca, Insight on Conflict, 21 August 2014.
Rosa Emilia Salamanca (Colombia), The Global Network of Women Peace Builders.