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.
Campaign partner Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas (League of Displaced Women), lead by Patricia Guerrero, broke ground on the City of Women in 2003. The project was entirely women-led and women-built, and empowered displaced women living in the area to take ownership of their right to safe housing. Three years later, the City of Women became home to these same women—and many others.
The City of Women addresses one of the most significant impacts of the Colombian conflict—internal displacement. The conflict in Colombia has resulted in one of the highest populations of internally displaced peoples in the world. It is estimated that 150,000 people are displaced annually as a result of the conflict, with a total of over 5.7 million people displaced since the beginning of the conflict. A disproportionate number of all displaced people are Afro-Caribbean.
Since its inauguration in 2006, the City of Women has been celebrated as a successful feminist model of social housing that provides protection and housing for women. A committee of displaced women continues to run the project, working to promote positive gender practices and women’s rights.