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Samantha Garcia is based in Puebla, Mexico and is a Fellow in the Women, Peace and Security Programme Associate at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), where she supports the monitoring of the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the UN Security Council. She was a Writer, Researcher and Member of the University Observatory for the Research of Terrorism of the Universidad Nacional de la Plata, ARG, and a Member of Resuena Mexico. She has been a speaker at diverse international conferences, including the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America. She majored in International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she also worked as Research Fellow and Associate Professor. Her interests are gender and international security, particularly terrorism and conflict-management. She is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian, and proficient in French and Russian.
Verónica Recalde is based in Bogotá, Colombia and is a Fellow at the Women, Peace and Security Program at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She majored in International Relations in the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá where she was coordinator and researcher of Research Hub “Neo-Gramscian approaches to current international situations: explorations from the social forces of Colombia”. She was a speaker at different academic conferences during her university years. She previously worked in WILPF’s Colombian section where she led the international project of Confronting Militarized Masculinities and its territorial implementation. She was a pedagogical advisor for methodology-building strategies in this section, researcher, as well as a facilitator of workshops for young women, men, and signatories of the Peace Accord of 2016. During her time in the Colombian section, she specialized in Antimilitarist Feminism and helped to create and launch an online course on this subject which has reached many young women and men. She has done advocacy for women’s political participation, education, gender inclusion, feminist peace, and the transformation of masculinities. She is a creative, critical, and analytical feminist.