The valuation of "manhood" has depended heavily on the ability to provide protection for themselves and others. This situation reaches chilling dimensions in contexts where violence is accepted. For example, in the case of Colombia, every 13 minutes a woman is a victim of physical, sexual or psychological violence. In 90% of cases, this violence is carried out by a man. [...] The opportunity to live in a country where violence has no place requires a masculinity that's different and inclusive por peace, building victories and making mistakes that allow us to transform ourselves as we build peace. One man at a time Sebastián Molano, ¡Pacifista!
In 2015, nearly 41,000 women reported suffering abuse at the hands of their partners, with 80 percent of attacks occurring inside the home, according to Colombia's National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. [...] One woman is killed every four days in Colombia. Many are victims of femicide - a killing of a woman by a man because of her gender - often at the hands of a former or current partner. Reuters
More than the numbers, the key concern is to prevent cases of sexual abuse and exploitation, as has happened in other regions of the world (Africa, Bosnia and Haiti, among others). It has been proven that, as the number of women increases in these operations, the number of reports of sexual violence decreases. El Espectador
"Increasingly, research is showing strong correlations between peace, security, and a society’s treatment of women. More than levels of wealth, democracy, or ethno-religious factors, the best predictor of a state’s peacefulness and stability is how well it treats its women." Dr. Virginia Bouvier, Gender and the Role of Women in Colombia's Peace Process
The U.N. Women agency says having women at the negotiating table increases the chance of a peace agreement lasting 15 years by 35 percent, while ensuring they play a key role in constructing peace also raises the chances that it will last.
Colombia's peace accord pledges to improve access to land for women farmers through a land bank and subsidies.It also promises to investigate military forces or rebel fighters who raped women. About 20,000 Colombians, most of them women and girls, have been victims of rape and sexual violence, a weapon used by all sides in Colombia's war, government data shows. Relief Web