The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence is thrilled to launch Taking the Lead: Sexual Violence Survivors Forging Hope in Colombia, a mini-documentary produced by Campaign members Nobel Women’s Initiative and MADRE and now available online!
Meet powerful Colombian sexual violence survivors and women human rights defenders breaking the silence around sexual violence in Colombia’s decades-long conflict. These survivors and defenders are mobilizing peace movements, demanding justice and using media, innovative therapy and community building to create a future where women’s bodies are not used as battlefields. Together, they are forging hope in Colombia.
Colombia has been engaged in a low-intensity civil war for over 50 years, leaving over 220,000 Colombians dead. There is significant evidence of that all warring parties—including guerrilla groups, paramilitary forces, and state security forces—are responsible for the systemic use of sexual violence against the women of Colombia. Women defending their rights and resisting forced displacement are often threatened with rape and other violence for their activism. Despite the risks, they refuse to be silenced.
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