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Patricia Henao Saavedra

country director

Diana Muratova

deputy director

Since 2013, Pact has worked in Colombia to help the country overcome the effects of decades of armed conflict. Pact focuses on rural and vulnerable communities, building the capacity of Colombian citizens, especially groups that historically have been excluded, to raise their voices and gain the skills and resources needed to thrive and be prosperous.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and USAID, and in partnership with local organizations, Pact leads several projects in Colombia that are reducing child labor in mining, building the capacity of civil society to combat child labor and improve working conditions, strengthening the capacity of indigenous peoples’ organizations in the Amazon to effectively advocate for the rights of indigenous people, and reducing the risk of child labor, forced labor and other rights violations among vulnerable women and girls in agriculture. 

The Pilares project is increasing the capacity of civil society to understand and address child labor and promote better working conditions in artisanal and small-scale gold mining.

Pact is also supporting indigenous people's organizations to increase their influence in the governance of the Amazon region, with the goal of protecting indigenous people's rights and the environment in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Suriname and Guyana.

Our Vamos Tejiendo project is improving the economic participation of vulnerable women and adolescent girls in quality jobs within the agricultural sector, specifically the cut flower and unrefined sugar industries. Vamos Tejiendo engages government, the private sector and civil society organizations to improve labor practices and increase economic opportunities for vulnerable women and girls. 

Pact’s newest project supports Colombia’s efforts to prevent and respond to human rights violations, particularly among Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees and receptor communities, increasing community cohesion and citizen security. 

Our Somos Tesoro project, or "We are Treasure," recently closed after seven years. The project was Colombia's leading initiative to reduce child labor in artisanal and small-scale mining communities. In addition to addressing health and safety issues in mining, Somos Tesoro helped communities to overcome the many factors that lead to child labor, including economic instability, challenges in implementing public policies favoring child protection, and a lack of quality education in rural mining areas.

Stories and Highlights

Conectando Caminos por los Derechos: Responding to gender-based violence in Colombia

November 1, 2022
In Colombia, through the Conectando Caminos por los Derechos project, Pact and its partners are working to prevent violence against migrant women, children and LGBTI people, and to protect and...

Redefining the future through Indigenous concepts from the Amazon

September 28, 2022
Development can be dangerous, even as it aims to bring growth to Indigenous communities. Development can also undermine the authority and independence of Indigenous communities by forcing a certain...

Public policies for gender equality: An opportunity to strengthen democracy in Colombia

September 15, 2022
Public policies on gender equality are one of the main tools that women have to access their rights and through which states reflect their political will to strengthen democracy.  Such...

Flower company becomes empowerment space for women workers in Colombia

August 4, 2022
For women like Ana Hernández, time is extremely valuable. Hernández works at Sunshine Bouquet, a cut flower company in Colombia. Like other women workers across Colombia, she faces a tough reality....

We know it is possible: Ending child labor in mining

June 1, 2022
From Africa to Latin America, Pact has worked for more than a decade to end child labor in mining – one of the worst forms of child labor. Using systemic, evidence-based and child-centered strategies...

In the Amazon, a climate linchpin, Pact’s Vanessa Coronado builds indigenous capacity to protect rights, the environment

March 7, 2022
It was late 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic had been halting life around the world for months. The Amazon region was no exception, but Pact’s team and local partners there were determined to not let...

The power of agroecology: Women harvest autonomy in the fight for their rights

March 3, 2022
AMOY is a women’s organization that works for food sovereignty, environmental protection and the prevention of violence against women in the municipality of Yolombó, in Antioquia, Colombia. Vamos...
Members of the Pilares Solidarity Network El Bagre prepare for a conference on child labor prevention. Credit: Maximiliano Arrieta/Diseñart.

Strengthening local organizations to stop child labor in Colombia’s gold mining communities: Lessons from the Pilares project

March 1, 2022
When we started the Pilares project, we knew one thing for certain: Child labor and other unacceptable working conditions are an intractable problem in Colombia’s gold mining communities.

Music as a strategy to prevent child labor in Colombia

January 11, 2022
An initiative for the productive use of free time and the prevention of child labor, implemented through an alliance between civil society, international cooperation and local governments. 
Women in San Roque, Colombia, who took part in a Vamos Tejiendo activity with the local mayor's office to promote women's rights. Credit: Vamos Tejiendo.

The Vamos Tejiendo project: We must create safe environments for women

November 25, 2021
It is critical to talk about gender-based violence as a major barrier to women's autonomy and development. Globally, one out of every three women over 15 years of age has suffered some type of...