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Colombia Sees Rise in Acid Attacks on Women (Colombia)

August 3, 2012

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  Source   JUAN FORERO Associated Press Print | E-mail (c) 2012, The Washington Post. BOGOTA, Colombia — Every glance at a mirror transports Consuelo Cordoba to the moment when her boyfriend doused her with a skin-searing acid that obliterated her face, leaving her with gruesome wounds that will never heal. The chemical burned off […]

New law proposing severe punishment for violence against women enters Colombian Congress (Colombia)

August 1, 2012

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Source:Colombia Reports A new law demanding harsher punishment for violent crimes against women was introduced in Colombia‘s Congress Wednesday. The severe penalties of the “Rosa Elvira” law will condemn violators of feminicide, a political term for misogynist violence against women that results in death, to 33 to 50 years of prison. Public officials or members […]

Gender policy is failing women in Colombia (Colombia)

July 26, 2012

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Source: Colombia Reports Although Colombia seems to have a number of the right policies for improving gender equality, structural challenges and slow uptake risk making equality a distant goal. Colombia has come a long way since the days when it was stereotyped as a conflict-ridden “machista” country. It has strong laws in favor of women’s […]

Cowering From Colombia’s Violence (Colombia)

July 24, 2012

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Source:  Human Rights Watch As Women Flee Violence in Rural Areas, Cities Offer No Safe Haven A woman cries as she speaks of her fear that her ex-boyfriend will kill their children. A member of one of the successor groups to the paramilitaries, he wounded her in a knife attack after she left him. She […]

Female circumcision endangering Colombian girls (Colombia)

May 3, 2012

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 Source: Colombia Reports The use of female circumcision is increasing the number of deaths of young girls in indigenous communities, said the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) said Thursday. The practice “indiscriminately affect[s] the human rights of indigenous girls,” it said in a statement released on its website, in which it called on Colombian […]