Women's empowerment and conflict in Colombia: new case study
The trajectory of women’s empowerment in Colombia over the past 20 years is examined in a new paper from the Overseas Development Institute.
Progress despite adversity: women’s empowerment and conflict in Colombia was co-authored by DLP Senior Research Fellow Alina Rocha Menocal, who is on secondment from ODI, with ODI colleague Pilar Domingo and Verónica Hinestroza.
The case study analyses important changes in Colombian women’s political voice and legal activism against the backdrop of violent conflict and contestation that has characterised Colombian politics in recent decades. It also asks how these changes are helping to shape policy that addresses the structural legacies of displacement, exclusion and discrimination, which, as is well recognised in the literature, are highly gendered.
This makes the Colombian case an inspiring example of progress in women’s empowerment in the face of formidable and continuing challenges. It shows how, through the experience of conflict, women have undergone a fundamental transformation from seeing themselves as victims in need of assistance to citizens with rights that need to be protected and upheld. In this way, they are seeking to reshape the nature of the political settlement, and to ensure that women's voices are heard and that their particular experiences of conflict are recognised and duly addressed.