In 2020, WIGJ together with local partner Women’s Link Worldwide, engaged in a project in Colombia to raise awareness on The Hague Principles on Sexual Violence. Through advocacy, public awareness campaigns and expert meetings we raise awareness about “other forms of sexual violence” to increase reporting and recognition of these acts as forms of conflict related sexual violence in Colombian accountability efforts.
The project complements established justice initiatives undertaken by a variety of national and regional actors, including by the Colombian Attorney General’s office and the JEP. By identifying categories of acts that might amount to sexual violence, the project works toward helping survivors, first responders and aid workers in identifying and recognizing sexual violence in conflict, especially in situations of particular vulnerability (e.g. migration) and respond accordingly. A better understanding of all forms of sexual violence impacts on the mapping of sexual violence in conflict and helps reveal a more sophisticated understanding of some of the gendered aspects of conflict dynamics.
Read more about the project in Spanish here.