#SurvivorsUnited wrap up in Colombia

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The #SurvivorsUnited delegation has returned home after a powerful week in Colombia to share the needs and demands of sexual violence survivors. Nobel Laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi and Survivors United for Action members Jineth Bedoya Lima and Hania Moheeb traveled to Cartagena and Bogota to hear first-hand the experiences of sexual violence survivors in the country— and witness Campaign members’ innovative strategies to advocate for justice.  

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Tweet Transcript: Forum on Sexual Violence

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#SurvivorsUnited delegates came together with survivors of sexual violence and experts in a national live-streamed forum, Nobel Women Against Sexual Violence: A Message from Colombia to the World. Survivors United for Action member Jineth Bedoya Lima hosted the forum in Cartagena, Colombia, which included Nobel Laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi, and Survivors United member Hania Moheeb.

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Tweet Transcript: Meeting with President Santos

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The #SurvivorsUnited delegation met with Colombia President Santos to discuss the importance of including survivors' voices in the Colombia peace negotiations. Peace negotiations between the Colombia government and rebel group FARC resumed February 2, 2015 in La Habana, Cuba.

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#SurvivorsUnited Media Highlights

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The #SurvivorsUnited delegation is making headlines in Colombia! From visiting displaced women and survivors of sexual violence at City of Women, to meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos and the Ministry of National Defence—major newspapers, radio, and T.V. outlets across the country have followed along with the delegation.

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Spotlight: Campaign in Colombia

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The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict officially launched in Colombia in 2012. Colombian women’s organizations Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas, lead by Patricia Guerrero, is a champion for the Campaign both in Colombia and internationally. Other Campaign members in Colombia include MADRE’s Colombian Task Force, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Colombia (WILPF).

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VIDEO: #SurvivorsUnited meets Colombian President Santos

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The #SurvivorsUnited delegation met with Colombia President Santos to discuss the importance of including survivors' voices in the Colombia peace negotiations. Peace negotiations between the Colombia government and rebel group FARC resumed February 2, 2015 in La Habana, Cuba.

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Spotlight: City of Women

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Welcome to the City of Women! Located in Turbaco, near Cartagena, Colombia, the City of Women is a housing development that provides over 100 internally displaced women with safe, clean housing. 

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Context: Violence Against Women in Colombia

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There is significant evidence of systematic violence against the women of Colombia. Gender violence is perpetrated by all participants in the conflict, including guerilla groups, paramilitary forces, and the state security forces.

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Context: Conflict in Colombia

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For over 50 years Colombia has been engaged in a low-intensity civil war. The conflict has left over 220,000 Colombians dead—80% of whom are civilians. Over 7 million Colombians have registered as victims of the conflict. As a result of the conflict, Colombia also has one of the highest internal displacement numbers in the world.

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Announcing: #SurvivorsUnited Delegation to Colombia!

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We are excited to invite you to join us online from February 1 - 5 as the Campaign—led by Nobel Laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi and including Survivors United for Action members Jineth Bedoya Lima and Hania Moheeb—travels to Colombia! 

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