Join us as we follow the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict’s delegation to Colombia from February 1 – 5!
Led by Nobel Laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi, and Survivors United for Action members Jineth Bedoya Lima and Hania Moheeb, the delegation will meet with survivors of sexual violence advocating tirelessly for support and justice.
Follow along on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SurvivorsUnited, and on the Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict’s blog, as the delegation witnesses powerful women-led initiatives working to bring an end to sexual violence in Colombia.
For over 50 years Colombia has been engaged in a low-intensity civil war. The conflict has left over 220,000 Colombians dead—80% of whom are civilians.There is also significant evidence of systematic violence against women perpetrated by all warring parties. Women human rights defenders often become targets of guerilla groups, paramilitary forces, and state security forces, and are threatened with rape for their activities.
In November 2012, formal peace negotiations began between the government of Colombia and leading rebel group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). This presents the first opportunity in over a decade to restore peace to the country. Delegations of victims have traveled to La Havana to give testimony to the horrors of the conflict, including many women who have suffered sexual violence and sexual torture.
In the face of extraordinary challenges, the women of Colombia are working to support survivors of sexual violence and bring peace to their communities.
Join the delegation to hear their stories!
Visit the Campaign delegation blog for updates.
Find out more about violence against women and girls in Colombia.