In 2016, the Colombian government and the rebel group known as the FARC signed a landmark peace agreement meant to end decades of war. Afro-Colombian women’s rights advocates were at the forefront of peace movements that led to the signing this accord.
Yet, despite the signing of the peace accords, Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities in Colombia continue to face violence from paramilitary and guerrilla groups fighting for control of former FARC controlled territories. Human rights defenders from these communities are under increased threats and violence, with 226 leaders assassinated in 2018 alone.
And Afro-Colombian and Indigenous women and girls face heightened threats. Many have survived gender violence in war, including sexual violence, and they deserve justice. What’s more, they have spent years sustaining their communities and know best how to meet pressing local needs. Together with our local partners, we are bringing these perspectives and solutions to inform progressive US policymaking.
Direct increased funding and aid to the implementation of the peace accord
Push for the full and meaningful participation of Afro-Colombian women and girls in the peace implementation process
Urge Colombia to address ongoing security dangers impacting Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities
Ensure services and justice for victims of sexual and gender-based violence
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