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Colombia: Women, Conflict- Related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process

Colombia: Women, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process

Approximately just 18 per cent of women report sexual violence in Colombia, and the impunity rate for sexual-related crimes runs at more than 98 per cent. As a result, women victims of sexual violence harbour a sense of fear, powerlessness, frustration and insecurity. This report by ABC Colombia states that ending the almost total impunity for this crime will contribute to the potential success of a peace process in the country.
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Members of the Network of Women take part in march to protest against discrimination and violence against women in Bogota February 25, 2012. | Photo:  REUTERS/Fredy Builes

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Cristina Plazas, Colombia's chief government adviser on women's equality and gender issues. Courtesy of the presidential office on women's equality.

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