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Human rights activist Francia Marquez, a vice-presidential candidate in Colombia, is pictured on March 25, 2022. © Juan Barreto, AFP
Monday, June 20, 2022
Francia Marquez: From maid to Colombia’s first Black vice-president
When Colombians on Sunday elected their first leftist president ever, they also voted for their country’s first Black vice-president. Francia Marquez, a Black single mother who worked as a maid before challenging international mining interests as a...
Francia Marquez (Image: Twitter)
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Racism and misogyny mar Colombia’s election race
Election observers warn that rampant hate speech could result in violence. Colombia’s election observers warned that hate speech targeting the running mate of presidential candidate Gustavo Petro could result in violence. Vice-presidential candidate...
La líder ambiental Francia Márquez, en Medellín, Colombia, en febrero de 2022. JOAQUIN SARMIENTO (AFP)
Monday, March 14, 2022
Francia Márquez, the Colombian electoral phenomenon
The environmental leader won more votes than the center candidate Sergio Fajardo without having held public office and with a campaign that began only three months ago. Following this unprecedented primary, Francia Márquez has done nothing but smile...
Gender equality in Colombia: Access to justice and politics at the local level - OECD
Friday, February 25, 2022
Gender equality in Colombia: Access to justice and politics at the local level
This report assesses women’s access to justice and women’s political participation in parliament, local councils and civil society organisations in Colombia. It examines existing legal, political and institutional frameworks in order to better...
Friday, December 20, 2019
I am Generation Equality: Francy Jaramillo Piedrahita, human rights defender and peacebuilder
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. I am Generation Equality because… In...
Monday, October 28, 2019
Claudia López: Colombia's capital elects gay woman as mayor
Claudia López, a gay politician who advertises herself as "incorruptible", has become the first woman to be elected mayor of Colombia's capital, Bogotá. The 49-year-old centre-left candidate had won 35.2% of the vote with nearly all votes counted....
Friday, October 18, 2019
Violence sows fear among women ahead of Colombia local elections
Observers say female candidates systematically threatened with physical, sexual violence to deter them from running. Luz Polo was at a campaign event when she said a man sent by criminal groups broke down the doors of her home in the small western...
Thursday, October 03, 2019
'Based in hatred': Violence against women standing in Colombia's elections
The body of mayoral candidate Karina García was found shot and incinerated in her car in the Cauca department of southern Colombia, on 1 September. For weeks, García had reported receiving threats and asked the government for increased protection...
Friday, April 12, 2019
Colombia : In spite of the conflict & continued violence, disappearances, femicide, women weave the social fabric of communities for leadership, resilience, peace
In Colombia’s southern province of Putumayo, a group of women is stitching together social fabric despite an alarming number of ongoing threats and acts of violence against them. Fifteen days before her wedding in 1990, Sandra* was kidnapped and...
Friday, August 17, 2018
Colombia see summer of surge for women in politics
Last week, the new President of Colombia, Iván Duque, swore in his vice president, Marta Lucía Ramírez. She is Colombia’s first female vice president. Ramírez’s oath of office would have been a historic enough moment – but the bigger story is that...
Monday, July 30, 2018
Colombia shatters glass ceiling with gender-equal cabinet
Colombia is to get its first female interior minister with women heading other key ministries including justice and energy By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA, July 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half of Colombia's cabinet ministers will be women when...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016
Political finance and the equal participation of women in Colombia: a situation analysis
The impact of economic resources on the political participation of women has become a prominent issue in the field of comparative political finance. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that politics dominated by money is, more...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
OpenDemocracy defends grassroots women crisis responders
OpenDemocracy has published the following report in defense of grassroots women crisis responders. “False claims that deny the impact of grassroots women's crisis responses are diverting much needed resources away from the very people making the...
Friday, June 24, 2016
Statement by UN Women's Executive Director on the agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC
Yesterday’s agreement between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) marks a definite step on the road to peace. It is an occasion to be hopeful for the future and to strengthen our resolve to support this...
Friday, February 14, 2014
Legislative Elections in Colombia
Parliamentary elections will be held to elect members to both chambers of Congress in Colombia on 9 March 2014.The nationwide constituency for the 102-member Senate will be contested, as well as the 166 seats of the Chamber of Representatives, plus...
Women in Colombia
Thursday, May 09, 2013
No Justice? No Peace! The Women Absent from Colombia's Peace Talks
“No Justice? No Peace!” Never has this chant, which I have heard so often at anti-war rallies, felt so real to me as during the last few months observing the ongoing peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas. The...
Monday, April 01, 2013
Violence against indigenous women and the two fold challenge, Colombia
In many contexts, woman in Latin America face an uphill battle to maintain even the most basic human rights. This is magnified for indigenous women. There have been some significant international treaties and conventions created to address such a...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics

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