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Patricia Henao Saavedra

country director
phenao@pactworld.org

Diana Muratova

program manager
dmuratova@pactworld.org

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, 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

UMIAB’s first virtual general assembly, in which more than 60 indigenous women gathered to elect the new organization’s board. (Credit: Instituto Internacional de Educaçao do Brasil)

“Virtual touches”: Five ways technology is helping indigenous organizations mobilize in the Amazon

March 11, 2021
Like many other indigenous leaders in the time of Covid-19, Telma Taurepang sees the virtual world as the best way to mobilize and stay in touch – and sometimes the only way. Being able to “see” each...

A las Flores en Bici

March 3, 2021
Pact and World Bicycle Relief partnered to deliver 100 bicycles to women working in Colombia’s cut flower sector. The initiative helped recipients to shorten long on-foot commutes as well as close...
Photo: Telma Taurepang

In the Brazilian Amazon, Telma Taurepang inspires indigenous women to fight for their land and rights

March 1, 2021
Telma Taurepang comes from a long line of activists. She lives in the Brazilian state of Roraima, in the Amazonian region of Amajari, where her family has fought for decades for the demarcation...

Pact local partner holds first virtual assembly of Amazonian indigenous women across Brazil

December 29, 2020
To protect their communities from Covid-19, indigenous peoples in the Amazon have had to find alternative ways to stay in touch to continue to advocate for their territories and rights. The women...
Cañón de las Guacamayas in Araracuara, Colombia

International Human Rights Day and land governance: A key indigenous right

December 10, 2020
By the SCIOA project team Indigenous communities have a spiritual connection with their territories that is reflected culturally and economically. Land bonds because it allows a collective sense of...

International Day of Rural Women: Empowering women-led indigenous organizations in the Amazon

October 15, 2020
Historically, our world has been one dominated by men. For much of history, for example, the right to own property wasn’t afforded to women. Today, around the world, women continue to face...

Raising the voices of indigenous organizations across the Amazon region

August 5, 2020
“Indigenous women need autonomy, a voice and a light.” This is how Telma Taurepang describes the challenges that her community has long faced. She serves as coordinator for União das Mulheres...
Somos Tesoro hosts a Facebook Live event for youth. (Photo: Pact)

During Covid-19, Pact and partners continue the fight against child mining in Colombia

June 10, 2020
At home, Alejandro, a 15-year-old boy in rural Colombia, has access to only one smart phone: his father’s. After Covid-19 began, Alejandro’s school closed and teachers began holding classes online...

Pact, U.S. Department of Labor announce new project in Colombian sugar and cut flower sectors

February 13, 2020
The only way that the surprise of flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day gets any sweeter is when they feel as good to give as they do to get. In a new $5 million, four-year project funded by the U.S....

Strong alliances, strengthened communities: A well-built international partnership makes a difference for miners

November 22, 2019
There was a time when Benjamín, an artisanal miner from Boyacá, Colombia, worried each day as he left for work that he might never see his family again. As a miner, he told us, your work is so...