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Inspired by Colombian Women Human Rights Defenders

Inspired by Colombian Women Human Rights Defenders

eight March 2019. Ladies in Colombia are peacebuilders, human rights defenders, land and environmental activists. Each defender has her personal story. Ladies defenders come from all walks of life: they’re Afro-Colombian or Indigenous ladies; LGBTI activists; legal professionals; journalists and campesinas. Many ladies turned human rights defenders because of their expertise of being victims of the armed battle and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, supporting different victims and defending the rights of others. Worldwide Ladies’s Day is an event to pay tribute to the tireless work by these brave Colombian Ladies Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) who – regardless of threats and violence towards them – proceed to advocate equal rights and a victims-centred peace based mostly on fact, justice, reparation and non-repetition in Colombia.

The historic gender focus within the Ultimate Peace Accord is a singular alternative to additional promote Colombian ladies’s political participation, advance gender equality and promote structural change. Nevertheless, solely a small proportion of the agreements benefiting ladies have been absolutely carried out to date.

The work of WHRDs on the gender focus within the Peace Accord and extra just lately its implementation has raised their profile. Threats, assaults and killings differ from their male counterparts in that ladies will not be solely attacked for defending the rights of others, but in addition as a result of, by incomes a visual place within the public sphere they’ve crossed a ‘restrict imposed’ on ladies and are being ‘punished’ for that. The variety of ladies killed yearly doubled in the course of the Peace Talks between 2012 and 2016, after which doubled once more in only one yr, from 2016 to 2017.

— ABColombia Report “In the direction of Transformative Change” (2018)

This yr, ABColombia nominated 5 inspiring Human Rights Defenders from ABColombia associate organisations for the #InspiredByHer social media marketing campaign on Worldwide Ladies’s Day. 5 ladies who, amongst so many different inspiring ladies defenders in Colombia, are examples of the perseverance, braveness and extraordinary wrestle of Colombian civil society in the direction of a negotiated peace, with social justice and inclusive improvement.

Colombian Ladies Human Rights Defenders come from all walks of life. #InspiredByHer

Janneth Lozano Bustos

Janneth Lozano is the Director of the Grassroots Group Help Company Codacop. She works with Indigenous communities in Colombia to economically empower ladies in order that they will take pleasure in autonomy over their lives and assets. Janneth Lozano began working with Indigenous ladies at a time when there was hardly any idea of Indigenous ladies holding and claiming particular person rights. Her work hyperlinks peacebuilding in Colombia with Sustainable Improvement Objective eight, which promotes sustained, inclusive and sustainable financial progress for all, and SDG 5, on gender equality and empowerment of all ladies, together with ladies’s equal rights over assets.

ABColombia companion Codacop is an interdisciplinary Colombian civil society organisation, working in help of community-based teams looking for various fashions of improvement. Codacop works with Indigenous communities to advertise autonomy and self-management and adopts a holistic strategy by offering recommendation, coaching programmes, selling networks and linking totally different civil society teams.

Jineth Bedoya Lima

Jineth Bedoya is a ladies’s rights activist and journalist on the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. She has acquired quite a lot of nationwide and worldwide awards for her journalistic work. The sexual assault towards her is one instance of the best way through which sexual violence is employed as a way of intimidating and silencing ladies investigative journalists, and to punish ladies defenders for his or her work defending the rights of others.

Because of the failure of the Colombian state to make sure justice in her case, Jineth Bedoya took her case to the Inter-American Fee.

Since her assault in 2000, Jineth Bedoya has campaigned towards the excessive ranges of impunity for sexual violence and different types of gender-based violence in Colombia. She leads the marketing campaign #NoEsHoraDeCallar to boost public consciousness of violence towards ladies and women and helps ladies’s initiatives towards violence throughout Colombia. In 2018, along with ABColombia, Jineth Bedoya supported Patricia Espitia, founding father of the NGO Ven Seremos, to return to London to boost consciousness for acid violence in Colombia.

Claudia María Mejia Duque

Claudia María Mejia Duque is a Colombian Human Rights lawyer and the Director of ABColombia companion Sisma Mujer. She has been selling and defending ladies’s rights in Colombia for greater than 45 years.

Sisma Mujer is a feminist organisation which works with ladies and women victims of gender-based violence and discrimination within the personal and public spheres, in addition to within the context of the armed battle. For greater than 20 years, Sisma Mujer has labored to extend ladies’s participation, shield their human rights and promote their position as brokers of transformative change in Colombia. Sisma Mujer is a part of the Nationwide Ladies’s Community (Purple Nacional de Mujeres), an initiative that brings collectively 150 teams from 15 areas in Colombia to ensure ladies’s participation in peacebuilding and human rights.

Lida Emilse Paz Labio

Lida Emilse Paz Labio is an Indigenous lady from the Nasa ethnic group within the territory of North Cauca (southwest Colombia). A sufferer of the armed battle, Emilse Paz has turn out to be an activist for peace and an authoritative defender of the rights of girls and Indigenous peoples. She initiated an advocacy course of with Indigenous ladies on their rights to land and territory and promotes the demilitarization of indigenous territories in northern Cauca.

As Regional Coordinator of Tejido Mujer ACIN (ACIN Ladies’s Community), she has been concerned in analysis on the impression of the armed battle on the lives of Indigenous ladies and took part in boards, hearings, victims’ conferences and different platforms, and contributed to the Peace Talks between the Colombian Authorities and the FARC in Havana.

Tejido Mujer ACIN types a part of the Affiliation of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN), which promotes areas of reflection, schooling and coaching for men and women in Indigenous territories. The Tejido Mujer is a gathering area for ladies from the networks, programmes, Life Plans and different processes of Çxhab Wala Kiwe.

Diana Gunneivia Garcia Salamanca

Diana Garcia is a feminist peacebuilder with the Company for Analysis, Social and Financial Motion (CIASE). She has been campaigning for peace and the rights of girls and women since she was eight years previous. At the moment, she works with Indigenous communities in distant rural areas in Colombia to develop new views for ecological challenges.

CIASE is a Colombian feminist organisation that works to defend human rights, notably financial, social, cultural and environmental rights in Colombia. CIASE works intently with marginalised communities and particularly Indigenous ladies, whose territories have been disproportionately affected by Colombia’s armed battle.

The #InspiredByHer Marketing campaign

#InspiredByHer is a social media marketing campaign by the EU Fee Division for Worldwide Cooperation and Improvement. This yr, they requested worldwide civil society organisations to appoint Ladies Human Rights Defenders whose work can encourage ladies worldwide. Organisations from everywhere in the world have linked in with this marketing campaign and shared inspiring tales of girls on eight March 2019.

Suggestions on Worldwide Ladies’s Day

On this present day, ABColombia want to encourage the Colombian Authorities to implement the suggestions made by UN Particular Rapporteur Michel Forst in his Finish of Mission Assertion on the finish of his official go to to Colombia in November/December 2018. Particularly, we might strongly advocate taking over the UN Particular Rapporteur’s suggestion relating to the competence of article eight and 9 of the Non-compulsory Protocol to the Conference on the Elimination of All Types of Discrimination towards Ladies (OP CEDAW). This may permit the CEDAW Committee to provoke a confidential investigation on alleged grave violations of girls’s rights.

The ratification of those devices and the popularity of the communication process beneath articles eight and 9 of OP CEDAW, would offer human rights defenders with essential instruments to pursue accountability and to make sure freedom of torture, and understand the rights of girls, individuals with disabilities, and financial, social and cultural rights.

— Michel Forst, UN Particular Rapporteur on the State of affairs of Human Rights Defenders [1]

In mild of the alarmingly excessive numbers of killings of human rights defenders in Colombia, and the rise in violence and assaults towards ladies defenders particularly, this is a vital suggestion to deal with structural gender-based violence. 


[1] United Nations Particular Rapporteur on the State of affairs of Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst, Go to to Colombia 20 November – three December 2018, Finish of Mission Assertion.

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