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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Photo: UN Women Colombia William Fernando Rosero is 28 years old, and his goal every day is to promote co-responsible masculinity. He is one of the 140 people involved in the project "Facing COVID-19: more responses, zero violence", organized by UN Women and the Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund , which is making progress in Nariño in southern Colombia. Today, on International Youth Day, William tells all young men, "You are a fundamental support to advance gender...
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Dalia Bolaños Pascal is part of the Indigenous Unity of the Awá People. At 21 years of age, she is the alternate Governor of the El Verde estate of the Gran Sábalo reservation in Nariño. A position that has historically been occupied by men.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Marcelina has lost count of how many babies she has helped to deliver. In the time of COVID-19, she attended the births of women who could not access health services. Generation after generation, the isolated populations in the Colombian Pacific, where inequality gaps lurk on a daily basis, have made midwifery and traditional medicine one of the most recognized and important jobs for the Afro-descendant communities that inhabit this territory.
Monday, March 8, 2021
"If it were not for all those women who have fought before us, I would not be a councilwoman," says Dora Saldarriaga. A lawyer from Santa Helena, a rural area of the city of Medellin, Colombia, she began her activism by exposing the inequalities and various problems that exist in the countryside. All this led her to encounter the issues of gender and feminism during her time as a professor at the Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana: "that is where I began my activism in feminist...
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Recognizing the high impact of COVID-19 in the Americas and Caribbean region, UN Women is conducting rapid gender assessments (RGAs) to better understand how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting people’s lives in terms of the socio-economic impacts, distribution of care work, and access to basic goods and services.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Approximately 50 Colombian and Guatemalan women met virtually to exchange their experiences on the importance of peace building from the centrality of women's human rights.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Johana, a trans woman, is the founder of the Johana Maturana Foundation, an organization that promotes LGBTI people’s rights in the Chocó Department of Colombia. She stresses the need for financial resources to reach local communities and that communities must shape humanitarian action.
Friday, June 26, 2020
"For life, development, and peace, I'm an advocate." This is one of the many messages that they share with us and which will be insisted on by the leaders and human rights defenders who were selected to be part of the ProDefensoras Colombia Programme, which has been made possible thanks to the alliance between UN Women, the Norwegian Embassy and the Ombudsman's Office.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
In Colombian cities straddling the Venezuelan border, women hawking coffee or sweets at traffic lights while their children line the sidewalks are a common sight. Many of them have migrated from Venezuela, the scene of the largest exodus in Latin America’s recent history. More than 4 million Venezuelans[ 1 ] have fled the country’s dire economic conditions, insecurity, lack of food, medicine and essential services.[ 2 ] “When I work, there are people who are [aggressive]...
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Rosarged López González, 31, was a natural sciences teacher in her homeland, Venezuela. With her husband and 8-year-old daughter, she decided to leave the country due to the social and economic situation, migrating to the city of Cartagena, Colombia, in March of 2018.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Zuneyka Dhisnays Gonzalez is a 26-year-old mother and Venezuelan migrant to Barranquilla, Colombia. It’s one of the border cities where UN Women is implementing a project funded by USAID, to improve information services for migrants and to mitigate the risks of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation of migrant women. Dhisnays Gonzalez created a social network-based community dubbed “Venezolanos Unidos en Quilla” (Venezuelans united in Barranquilla), to support and guide fellow migrants. She disseminates relevant information and content via social networks, and by talking to other migrants.
Monday, October 29, 2018
UN Women spoke with Jean Arnault, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, about gender parity within the Mission and its priorities over the next year. The Verification Mission in Colombia has made impressive strides towards gender parity; 58 per cent of its professional level field staff are women and 65 per cent of field office teams are led by women. The Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) was signed in 2016, ending more than 50 years of conflict. Contrary to most peace negotiations in history, women had a significant influence in the peace process in Colombia. The resulting peace agreement addresses core issues that impact women, such as women’s representation in decision-making bodies, access to land restitution or justice and reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Mila Rodriguez is one of the young members of Colombia’s Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, where decades of armed conflict have torn apart communities, and peace is still a long journey.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Deyanira Cordoba belongs to a family of coffee growers of Tablon de Gomez, in the of Nariño region of Colombia. As part of a UN Women project, she has learned about her economic rights, bodily autonomy and more. The future holds many possibilities for this talented artist and coffee grower, but whichever path she chooses, she feels she belongs with her community, in the mountains of Colombia, watching the coffee grow.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Charo Mina-Rojas has worked for many years to educate grassroots Afro-descendant communities of Colombia on Law 70 of 1993, which recognizes their cultural, territorial and political rights. Following the historic peace agreement which ended the more than 50-year conflict between the Government of Colombia and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Mina-Rojas advocates for justice and equality for Colombia’s afro-descendent women.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Colombia’s half-a-century-long armed conflict has deeply wounded the country’s rural areas. Today, rural and indigenous women suffer the highest levels of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. According to national statistics, 41.9 per cent of rural women-led households live in poverty and 9.6 per cent in extreme poverty. An initiative by UN Women has supported rural and indigenous women to develop leadership and business skills to boost their economic and political empowerment as the country strives for peace.
Monday, October 2, 2017
In South-West Colombia, where the civil war has left lasting impact, the Nueva Vida (New Life) project, supported by UN Women and funded by the Embassy of Norway in Colombia, aims to boost women’s income and participation in the fishing sector.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Ganadores con la Representante de ONU Mujeres México, Ana Güezmes, Representante Adjunta de ONU Mujeres en Colombia y Subdirector de USAID, Aman Djahanbani. Foto: ONU Mujeres Esta noche se han entregado, en el marco del Congreso de Publicidad, Comunicación y Mercadeo Cartagena Inspira los Premios De Igual a Igual a la Publicidad no Sexista. Esta es una iniciativa del Programa Superando la Violencia contra las Mujeres de ONU Mujeres en alianza con...
Friday, September 22, 2017
With the adhesion to the global campaign of UN Women’s HeForShe, prominent personalities of the sector of advertisement and marketing join in the promotion of gender equality
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Magda Alberto is a young feminist and member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Colombia. She advocates for the recognition of women in the Colombian peace-process and was part of the Women and Peace Summit in 2013 and 2016, supported by the UN system and led by UN Women, which led to the formal recognition by the parties of women’s role in the Colombian peace process.