Zilia Korpas


  • Geographic Location: Australia and New Zealand


After Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped in 2002, her husband and mother continued her campaign for the Colombian presidency, using a life-size cut out image of the candidate.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:46 AM

Women on the campaign trail often face challenges and pronounced threats to their safety and security. One of the most extreme examples is that of Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, kidnapped by guerilla forces in 2002 during her campaign. After six long years of imprisonment, her release seemed hopeless. On July 2nd, 2008, news broke that she and 14 other hostages had been freed in a daring raid by Colombian commandoes. I.M.O.W. looks back at the remarkable saga of this woman and politician.

Inside the Great Mother Heart

Monday, July 20, 2009 12:00 AM

In 2002, I participated in a global congress convened under the auspices of the United Nations. Hundreds of women representing the world's various spiritual traditions came together to talk about how we could individually and collectively advance the peace process. This story describes a unique highlight of that moving experience.

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