Through communication, young people from northern Cauca promote justice services

Through communication, young people from northern Cauca promote justice services
Through communication, young people from northern Cauca promote justice services

The Tengo Ganas Foundation has worked with great innovation in Santander de Quilichao and in the region to promote access to justice in the territory.

“We are very happy with all the products made, the photographic exhibitions, the short films, among others. These young people have become a strategic ally of the Local Justice Committees, because they are the ones who give the main information to the users of the justice services. justice in Cauca and Valle,” said the director of the USAID Inclusive Justice Program, Alejandro Ruíz-Acevedo, within the framework of the event to socialize the short films made by the Tengo Ganas Foundation.

And this group of young people from northern Cauca, with influence in this Department and in some territories of the Valley, has designed and implemented – for more than 18 months – a series of products and actions to strategically communicate justice and thus promote access to local justice services and reduce the distrust that exists in the community towards the State.

Communication programs

This is how, with the support of the Inclusive Justice Program and through the creation of 15 film forums, 12 radio programs, 15 press articles, 2 murals, 10 photo exhibition days, and 2 short films, the Tengo Ganas Foundation has been that bridge to bring people closer to access routes to justice, to alternative conflict resolution mechanisms, to agreements and articulations between ordinary justice and local justice; which in turn becomes an opportunity to promote and replicate the use of different justice tools in the territories.

“They have taken a step forward in promoting the justice services that USAID’s Inclusive Justice Program promotes, supporting the change in perception and behavior towards justice entities in the country,” It is stated from the Program.

Traveling through Toribío, Santander de Quilichao, Miranda, Jambaló, Guapi, Corinto, Caldono and Caloto has not been easy, both because of the geography and because of the social and cultural dynamics, and because of the conflict that is experienced in the northern area of ​​Cauca; However, Tengo Ganas has reached these places with its communication and pedagogy, managing to influence so that the community understands in a better way which institution they can go to when they have a conflict with a neighbor, or what route a woman should follow. that is violated, or who are the conciliators and mediators of the municipality and who free of charge help the population to reach agreements peacefully.

“Imagine what it means for young people to talk about justice issues in a classroom, it probably seems boring to them, but other young people arrive with a series of photographs where they talk about justice as an essential element for peaceful coexistence; “It is something innovative, and we appreciate that it reaches schools, because here there are many survivors of the conflict, who do not know how to resolve or address the violence they may experience,” explains Mariano Palacios, rector of the Guillermo León Valencia Educational Institution in the municipality of Caldono.

Voices of resistance

Just like the rector, other voices join in to highlight the work that the Tengo Ganas Foundation does. Months ago and after arriving in the municipality of Guapi with a day of “In cinema with justice” with the documentary “Voices of resistance – The singers of Pogue” and the photographic exhibition on ethnic justice, among coos and applause, the community – especially the women – remembered the ancestry of their restorative practices of justice, the roots of their knowledge, the importance of repairing the damage caused, and music as an artistic expression to make memory.

Sofia Colorado, representative of the Community Action Board of the La Fortaleza neighborhood, attended the film forum day and the photographic exhibition, for her, these spaces organized by the Tengo Ganas Foundation “They are very important because through them we can heal the wounds, remember that justice exists to achieve peace and that we should not let our traditions die.”

Likewise, the young people of this area of ​​the Pacific Cauca see in Tengo Ganas an example to follow, “We in the territory need to strengthen ourselves in matters of justice and reparation for the armed conflict, because this has deteriorated the mental of youth, has prevented us from having study opportunities and has forced us to distance ourselves from society for fear of recruitment . Seeing that there are other ways to build opportunities is valuable”says Miriam Solís, member of the Guapi Community Council below.

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