Community re-existence: Gender, Territory and Sovereignty

We collaborate with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stifting Colombia (FESCOL), the Colectivo Hombres y Masculinidades, the Semillero de Transición Energética of the Universidad del Magdalena, and the research group CoalExit of the Technical University of Berlin, in the design and execution of a virtual pedagogy with four communities in Colombia. The objective of the process is to generate reflections around processes of community empowerment, emerging from three thematic axes: (1) new masculinities, (2) territory, and (3) sovereignty. Based on this reflection, the potential of alternative energies is discussed, among others, to strengthen self-managed community processes. This process is carried out in the communities of La Sierra (Cesar), Monguí (Boyacá), Provincial and Hatonuevo (La Guajira).

How do we eork?

In the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis, it was necessary from the outset to conceptualise this as a virtual process, posing significant challenges for the development of the methodology. It was possible to guarantee data plans for five people in each community. With this help we were able to communicate with participants through videos, workbooks, and WhatsApp group channels. From these materials, participants reflect on and develop the exercises. At the end of the process, we expect to have three radio outputs, developed by the participants, to amplify the results of the process in the communities.

Ejes de Reflexión

New Masculinities

Gender is a social construct - what it means to be a man or a woman depends on our cultural environment, and this develops over time. Building strong communities requires us to rethink our understanding of "being a man", to give way to other ways of being, beyond domination and hierarchies.

Territory

We are territorial beings - our territory, as a living space, profoundly determines who we are. A reflection from the new masculinities can understand the territory not as something that is possessed and governed, but as something alive, whose protection and care is our responsibility.

Community Sovereignty

Sovereignty is responsibility - a community that destroys its members or its territory is not truly sovereign. Only when it rejects the hierarchies between human beings, or between human beings and nature, can it be truly responsible and sovereign.

Process

  • The participants recognize themselves as territorial beings, on a personal/corporal and collective/community level.
  • The participants make material, socio-political, cultural and personal readings of the inhabited territory, identifying important, and problematic places, and those where re-existence is necessary.
  • Participants start to identify methods for the positive transformation of their territories.
  • The participants recognize themselves as territorial beings, on a personal/corporal and collective/community level.
  • The participants make material, socio-political, cultural and personal readings of the inhabited territory, identifying important, and problematic places, and those where re-existence is necessary.
  • Participants start to identify methods for the positive transformation of their territories.
  • The participants reflect critically on the logics of productivity in the territory (mining, agro-industry, neoliberalism), identifying the paths of action towards a just and conscious productive transition.
  • The participants recognize and give visibility to the experiences of subsistence in terms of ancestral knowledge from production, nutrition, medicine, etc., enhancing them as their own and as fundamental knowledge in the territories.
  • Participants identify needs and opportunities for transformation, from the logic of productivity and subsistence, in their territory.
  • Participants identify what the accomplishments of joint activities in the community.
  • Participants discuss the role of collective actions as a starting points for strengthening local resilience and community sovereignty.
  • Participants begin to develop guidelines for working together (e.g., norms of behavior, decision-making mechanisms, and conflict resolution).
  • The participants give feedback on the four previous sessions, identifying the most important learnings from the three thematic axes.
  • Participants identify and socialise dreams, resources, opportunities and activities, setting priorities for future joint work.
  • Participants establish a road map, specifying activities to be carried out in the short and medium term, as well as objectives to be achieved in the medium and long term.

At the conclusion of the workshops, RICO will continue to support the communities in their stated purposes in Module V and subsequently from our Construction processes. Likewise, the team will systematize the experience gathered during the workshops, culminating in a research publication between the party institutions. We hope that the experience can be used to refine the methodology and replicate the process in other areas.

Documentos

Once this process is completed, you will be able to access all our work materials here.