Yolanda Becerra Vega born Barrancabermeja, Colombia March 19, 1959. Pacifist, feminist activist. Promoted Social Movement of Women against War and For Peace. National Director, Popular Women’s Organization (OFP), 1988. Offered nonviolent resistance to paramilitary, 2000; attacked and tortured at home, 2007. Received German Committee of UN Peace Award, 2001; Swedish Per Anger Prize, 2007; Amnesty International Sagan Award, 2009.
“But those responsible cannot silence my voice, nor can they dismantle the organization This is what keeps me working, denouncing and reporting crimes against human rights, knitting together the fabric of society, mending what the war has destroyed, sowing seeds of life in the cracks of death.” (Amnesty International, Feb. 24, 2009; photo pazconmujeres.com)