Crisálidas (Chrysalis) has been working as a group since 2015. The group was formed as a result of reflecting on the talks and the peace process with the FARC-EP (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). It led the group to seriously reflect on how they could contribute to the arrival of female ex-combatants in urban contexts. From here was born the idea of generating actions aimed at discussing feminist self-protection and the experiences of these women in war contexts. The group decided to join the experiences together, both at the collective and individual level. Their mission is to contribute to the dissemination, use and appropriation of feminist self-protection tools that contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence in different contexts. Their vision is to consolidate themselves as a collective of multipliers of techniques and tools of feminist self-protection in rural and urban contexts.
The group recalls a memorable workshop from 2016 as one of its successful moments. It was a workshop to strengthen the capacity of girls of the locality of Kennedy. It was done outdoors and attended by several young women from the town. “It was an enriching and significant space for shared experiences,” they say. The workshop contributed to the creation of a weekly physical activity space as well.