The event will be framed under the slogan: "A day of hope in Caquetá: Youth for the defense of the Amazon". | Archive
Workshop on creative activism Days of Hope is coming to Caquetá on the 21st of September
Dejusticia, PID Amazonía, the Red Cross Bogotá and Tell are getting together in Florencia to hold the first event of this international initiative that combines art and social mobilization.
On the 21st of September in Florencia (Caquetá), forty young environmentalists from the Colombian Amazon will be getting together to participate in the first event of the Days of Hope initiative to be held in Latin America. This international initiative seeks to promote the establishment of workshops, in which problems requiring the urgent attention of governments and societies around the world are made visible, discussed and managed, through activities that integrate tools of creative activism.
Days of Hope aims to speak out against issues relating to threats to freedom of expression, social and economic marginalization, forced displacement and migration, gender inequality and racism, hate speech and environmental conflicts.
In this way, and in light of the urgent need to create effective courses of actions to protect the life of the Amazon rainforests, four Colombian organizations: Dejusticia, PID Amazonía, Red Cross and Tell, are getting together to bring to Colombia, or more specifically, to Caquetá, the first event of the Days of Hope initiative to take place in Latin America.
Together with forty young environmentalists from different regions of the department, we will hold a workshop that includes: sparking a conversation about the latest Supreme Court decisions on the protection of the Amazon (Sentencia STC4360-2018) and the declaration of the rainforest as a subject of rights; sharing resources and experiences for the joint construction of the Intergenerational Pact for the Life of the Colombian Amazon (PIVAC); in addition to an invitation from the Atempo collective foundation, for young people to use artistic expressions, such as painting, to make their role in the protection of the Colombian rainforest more visible.
The event will be framed under the slogan: “A day of hope in Caquetá: Youth for the defense of the Amazon“ and will take place at the headquarters of the University of the Amazon (Florencia) [VMJ1] on September 21, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Days of Hope is an initiative of the international network Landscapes of Hope, which 20 civil society organizations of the world, including Dejusticia, are part of. The network, which was established in 2018 in Beirut, seeks to promote joint actions that raise the visibility of local problems to an international level through the use of creative and artistic elements.
The members of Landscapes of Hope are primarily civil society organizations working in sectors such as human rights, arts and culture, development, urban planning, cultural heritage and gender equality.
In May 2019, Landscapes of Hope announced that it would support three Days of Hope workshops in Colombia, Egypt and Tunisia. In Colombia, they chose the proposal “Youth for the defense of the Amazon“, which was presented by Dejusticia, with the support of PID Amazonía, the Red Cross Bogotá and Tell.
In Egypt, the Megawra organization will hold a day of advocacy and empowerment of women in Cairo’s Al-Hattaba neighborhood, who will join textile artists to weave a traditional community mosaic that will tell the stories of the neighborhood. Meanwhile, in Tunisia, the Fanni Raghman Anni organization will hold an event focused on the painting of murals by young people from marginalized areas, who want to change the negative perception that exists about their territory.
To find out more about the progress of this workshop, follow us on social media @dejusticia, @pidamazonia, @cruzrojabogota, @tell.latam and join the conversation using the hashtag #JóvenesPorLaAmazonía
About the partners:
Dejusticia is a center of legal and social studies based in Bogotá that is dedicated to strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights in Colombia and the Global South. This organization works for social change through research, litigation, training programs, communication strategies and public policy proposals.
The Information and Dialogue Platform for the Colombian Amazon -PID Amazonía- supports the community to fight the deforestation of the Colombian Amazon, coordinating different actors and initiatives through spaces of innovation, training and the sharing of knowledge. PID Amazonia is currently supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Conservation of Nature and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Its partners are Climate Focus, Fundación Natura, CINDAP, Fundación RedCaquetáPaz, Akörde and Sinfonía Trópico.
The Bogotá Red Cross
The Bogotá Red Cross is a humanitarian institution whose mission is to alleviate human suffering in all circumstances. It therefore recognizes that working with and for young people is one of the best ways to promote change and transformations in communities and territories. The protection and care of the environment is part of its institutional commitment to reducing the consequences of the environmental crisis, which can seriously affect communities and individuals.
Tell is a communications studio and a leader in business and government storytelling in Latin America. For more than 12 years, it has been devoted to exploring new ways of telling clear and persuasive stories. It focuses on storytelling, communication centered on the human and visual thought in order to achieve this and to generate change.