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Yolanda Becerra is the President of the OrganizaciĆ³n Femenina Popular (OFP).The OFP works to empower women and consolidate a space where women can participate fully and freely in public life. They work for the recognition of women's rights through activism, mobilisation and awareness-raising. She joined the OFP in 1980, and began working to promote women's rights. Central to her work was the idea that women do not labor to give birth and raise children only to serve in war.

In 1988, Ms. Becerra became head of the organisation, which has almost 30 women's houses around Colombia where women can join in fellowship, work together, and organise to improve their lives. The organisation has helped women to demand that the government supply fresh water.

Becerra was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as one of Peace Women Across the Globe. In 2007, the government of Sweden awarded her the Per Anger Award for her humanitarian and peace-building work. She was the 2009 Recipient of Amnesty International USA's Ginneat Sagan Award for Women's and Child Rights.