Speaking on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Sisma Mujer shared a total of six reports which will serve as evidence for future legal investigations. Some of the women represented in the reports have been waiting 19 years for their testimonies to come to light.
The group also called for financial reparations for survivors to help them rebuild their lives, as well as to demand assurances that such violence could never happen again.
Armed groups from all sides of the conflict have perpetrated sexual violence in Colombia. While 20,000 cases have been recorded the real figure is thought to be much higher.
This is an issue that disproportionally affects indigenous and black women who are estimated to be 2.5 times more likely the victims of violence in Colombia.
The Colombian government was also asked to do more to protect the women we work with who are brave enough to speak out against sexual violence, many of whom have faced threats and intimidation themselves.
Author: Paul Donohoe