Colombia

Facing Destruction, Rebuilding Life: Gender and the Internally Displaced in Colombia

Citation:

Meertens, Donny, and Richard Stoller. 2001. "Facing Destruction, Rebuilding Life: Gender and the Internally Displaced in Colombia." Latin American Perspectives 28 (1): 132-148.

Authors: Donny Meertens, Richard Stoller

Abstract:

Political violence and its social consequences have affected women and men differently. "Gender violence" as a dimension of political violence has changed in content and intensity along with the growing instrumentalism of military actions. Among the victims of displacement, traditional peasant women, particularly the widows of violence, have suffered a greater loss of social identity than have men. However, it is they who must assume responsibility for the physical survival of their families and face the construction of a new social identity in an unknown and hostile urban setting. Displaced men, for their part, with their greater geographic mobility and greater social and political experience, have faced the rupture of their rural social fabric with greater force, but in the phase of reconstruction of family life the opportunities for men and women seem to become inverted: the impact of displacement for men is concentrated in their unemployment, a situation that takes away their role of economic provider. In contrast, women seem better equipped to continue their domestic routines--in the service of others, as well as in their own households. Despite the traumas, the poverty, the lack of space to mourn, even widows have encountered new opportunities for personal development. These possibilities have come with greater force for those peasant women whose previous organizational and leadership experiences help them overcome the tragedies of displacement and undertake personal and collective reconstruction in their new urban lives.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Displacement & Migration, IDPs, Refugee/IDP Camps, Gender, Women, Gender-Based Violence, Governance, Post-Conflict Governance, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Rights, Women's Rights Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Colombia

Year: 2001

If Not Now, When? Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Refugee, Internally Displaced, and Post-Conflict Settings: A Global Overview

Citation:

Ward, Jeanne. 2002. If Not Now, When? Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Refugee, Internally Displaced, and Post-Conflict Settings: A Global Overview. New York: The Reproductive Health for Refugees Consortium.  

Author: Jeanne Ward

Keywords: gender violence, refugee, displacement, post-conflict, human trafficking

Annotation:

This report addresses gender-based violence (GBV) in refugee, internally displaced, and post-conflict settings through twelve country profiles: three each for Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The profiles include background information, GBV issues, GBV-related programming, and recommendations. The report focuses almost exclusively on violence against women and girls, and human trafficking is one of the main issues discussed. 

Topics: Displacement & Migration, IDPs, Refugees, Refugee/IDP Camps, Gender, Women, Girls, Gender-Based Violence, Health, Reproductive Health, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual Violence, SV against Women, Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Violence Regions: Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Americas, Central America, South America, Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, Oceania Countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Congo-Brazzaville, Guatemala, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Timor-Leste

Year: 2002

Love in the Time of Cholera: LGBT Rights in Colombia

Citation:

Ripoll, Julieta. 2009. "Love in the Time of Cholera: LGBT Rights in Colombia." International Journal on Human Rights 6 (11): 73-89.

Author: Julieta Ripoll

Abstract:

In a recent hearing before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, human rights activists denounced the violence in Colombia besetting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite, transsexual and transgendered individuals (LGBT). Amongst the problems enumerated were abuse of police power, sexual violence in the prisons, murders fueled by hate, as well as several kinds of discrimination. This contrasts with the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, where there has been advancement in the protection of individuals’ sexual rights. This article, which describes both the violence as well as the Court’s sentencing, analyzes the symbolic role of the law and argues that these activists have an ambivalent relationship with the law: while wary of it, for its inefficacy, they mobilize for legal reform and benefit from the Court’s progressive jurisprudence.

Keywords: homosexuality, human rights

Topics: Governance, Constitutions, LGBTQ, Rights, Human Rights, Sexual Violence, Sexuality Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Colombia

Year: 2009

Protagonists and Victims: Women Leading the Fight for a Democratic Colombia

Citation:

Herman, Melissa. 2008. "Protagonists and Victims: Women Leading the Fight for a Democratic Colombia." Feminist Review 88: 122-127.

Author: Melissa Herman

Keywords: democracy, woman's organizations, intersectionality, autonomy, governance

Topics: Civil Society, Democracy / Democratization, Gender, Women, Governance, Political Participation, Rights Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Colombia

Year: 2008

Texts in Context: Afro-Colombian Women's Activism in the Pacific Lowlands of Colombia

Citation:

Asher, Kiran. 2004. "Texts in Context: Afro-Colombian Women's Activism in the Pacific Lowlands of Colombia." Feminist Review 78: 38-55.

Author: Kiran Asher

Abstract:

This paper speaks across the divide between feminist theorists and praxis-oriented gender experts to argue for a more enabling reading of postcolonial feminist critiques of gender and development. Drawing on the activism of Afro-Colombian women in the Pacific Lowlands of Colombia - most especially Matambay Guasá, a network of black women's organizations from the state of Cauca - it brings attention to the independent ability of women in these locations to reflect and act on their own realities and claims. 

Keywords: Gender, development, environment, postcolonial feminism, Afro-Colombian

Topics: Coloniality/Post-Coloniality, Development, Feminisms, Gender, Women Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Colombia

Year: 2004

Women, War and Peace: The War We Are Living

Women on the Frontline: Justice in the Region of Death

"Aired first on BBC World TV, this critically acclaimed series, hosted by Annie Lennox, gives a brutally honest account of the silent war being waged against women across the world.

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