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March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The obstacles faced by women seeking access to justice, such as sex and gender discrimination against them by police officers and prosecutors, the lack of adequate training and sensitization for justice officials, the lack of legal aid and the limited health-care and psychosocial services for victims of sexual violence, including immediate access to forensic testing" (Pg 5-6).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"It notes the adoption of Law No. 1496 (2011) and is concerned that it only partially enshrines the principle of equal pay for work of equal value. It is also concerned at the high female unemployment rate, the considerable pay gap between women and men and the occupational segregation of women" (Pg 9).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The inadequate access to health-care services, education and employment opportunities of indigenous and Afro-Colombian women in urban and rural contexts" (Pg 12).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"It takes note that, since 2007, the Constitutional Court has issued rulings which guarantee the rights of same-sex couples in the State party, such as ruling C-577 (2011). However, the Committee notes barriers to its implementation" (Pg 13).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The very limited implementation of Constitutional Court ruling C-355 (2006), which guarantees access to legal abortion under the grounds of life or health risks for the mother, rape and serious malformations of the foetus; the public campaigning against its implementation by high authorities of the State party; and the prevalence of invasive and expensive abortion procedures" (Pg 10).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GP-DATA-3, GP-DATA-4

"The Committee notes that the national machinery for the advancement of women has been strengthened by the establishment of the Office of the Senior Presidential Adviser for Women’s Affairs and with increases in the number of staff. However, it is concerned that the capacity and resources of the Office have not been adequately strengthened to ensure effective coordination among different institutions at various levels and efficiently promote, monitor and evaluate the implementation of national gender equity legislation and policies, in particular the Public Policy on Gender Equity" (Pg 3).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned at the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and society in the State party. It notes that such attitudes and stereotypes constitute a significant impediment to the implementation of the Convention, as they are root causes of women’s disadvantaged position in political and public life, especially in decision-making positions and elected offices, as well as in the labour market; the prevalence of violence against women; and gender segregation as reflected in women’s and girls’ educational choices" (Pg 3).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-2

"The reform to military criminal justice, adopted in December 2012, according to which human rights violations, such as violence against women (other than sexual violence) and arbitrary detentions, among others, will be handled by military courts; and the negative impact of the reform on the investigative process and the treatment of victims. The adoption in November 2012 of a law enforcement agencies protocol for the management of sexual violence with emphasis on sexual violence in instances of armed conflict, which gives authority to the military to deal directly with and assist victims of sexual violence" (Pg 6).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The very limited implementation of Constitutional Court ruling C-355 (2006), which guarantees access to legal abortion under the grounds of life or health risks for the mother, rape and serious malformations of the foetus; the public campaigning against its implementation by high authorities of the State party; and the prevalence of invasive and expensive abortion procedures; The high number of unsafe abortions and the refusal by health professionals to provide post-abortion services to women; The high prevalence of teenage pregnancy; The high rate of childbearing women who use sterilization as a family planning method" (Pg 10).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The Committee is concerned about the persistent discrimination experienced by rural women, indigenous women and Afro-Colombian women. It is deeply concerned that the disproportionate impact of the armed conflict in conjunction with the negative impact of agricultural and mining mega-projects on these groups of women are deepening the prevailing discrimination, inequalities and poverty which they have long been experiencing, despite the efforts of the State party to improve their situation. It is particularly concerned at: The multiple barriers that women face to access to land restitution in the framework of Law No. 1448 (2011), inter alia, institutional, procedural and social barriers, as well as the lack of sustainable solutions for ...more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned at the high prevalence of violence against women, in particular domestic and sexual violence, despite the comprehensive legal framework to address violence against women in the State party" (Pg 4).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-2

"It is also concerned at the high female unemployment rate, the considerable pay gap between women and men and the occupational segregation of women" (Pg 9).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"The limited acknowledgement of women’s role and agency in the armed conflict and their exclusion in the first line of key negotiators in the peace process, as well as the reluctance to elaborate a national action plan in the framework of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000)" (Pg 8).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Law No. 1475 (2011), which establishes a 30 per cent quota for women in the electoral lists by the political parties. However, it is concerned that the implementation of the Law does not translate to an increase in the number of elected women owing to inefficiencies in the composition of electoral lists. It is also concerned at the stagnant low representation of women in the Congress (less than 18 per cent) and at the absence of the representation of Afro-Colombian women therein. It regrets that, despite the allocation of seats for indigenous peoples in the Congress, indigenous women are not represented. It notes the ...more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ERBG-DATA-5

"It is further concerned that the large majority of the female working population is engaged in the informal labour sector, hence having no access to social security benefits. It is concerned at the mitigating circumstances contained in Law No. 1010 (2006) with respect to sexual harassment in the workplace" (Pg 9).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The lack of an effective and coordinated institutional response to the specific risks to which internally displaced women and girls are exposed, as well as the fact that gender-based violence, in particular sexual violence, is a cause of forced displacement" (Pg 11).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-LAW-1

"It is further concerned at the practice of female genital mutilation in some indigenous communities, including the Embera community, as well as at the insufficient measures taken to eliminate this practice, illustrated by its non-prohibition by law" (Pg 3-4).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"Cases of forced sterilization of women with disabilities and those living with HIV/AIDS" (Pg 10).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"The different manifestations of violence, such as threats and sexual violence, to which women human rights defenders and leaders are subjected in the context of the armed conflict; and the lack of adequate protection measures for them" (Pg 9).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"However, it expresses its serious concern at the prevalence of sexual violence against women and girls, including rape, by all actors in the armed conflict, including by post-demobilization armed groups. It is concerned at the significant underreporting of cases and at the widespread impunity with respect to the investigation, prosecution and punishment of perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence against women and girls, which contribute to the victims’ lack of confidence in the State response" (Pg 5).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned at the delays in the adoption of Law No. 985 (2005) regulatory decree on the protection of and assistance to victims of trafficking. It is also concerned at the lack of information with respect to the extent and causes of the external and internal trafficking of women and girls despite the fact that the State party is a country of origin of external trafficking and despite the existence of internal trafficking, particularly in regions where development mega-projects are being carried out. It reiterates its previous concern (see CEDAW/C/COL/CO/6, para. 20) with respect to the absence of information on the exploitation of prostitution and measures to address ...more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned at the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and society in the State party. It notes that such attitudes and stereotypes constitute a significant impediment to the implementation of the Convention, as they are root causes of women’s disadvantaged position in political and public life, especially in decision-making positions and elected offices, as well as in the labour market; the prevalence of violence against women; and gender segregation as reflected in women’s and girls’ educational choices" (Pg 3). "The lack of adequate protocols to guarantee the participation of indigenous and Afro-Colombian women in ...more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The lack of adequate protection measures for women victims of genderbased violence, including sexual violence, as well as for witnesses and their families and communities, and the lack of an effective specific system of protection for Afro-Colombian and indigenous women victims of violence" (Pg 5).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Law No. 1475 (2011), which establishes a 30 per cent quota for women in the electoral lists by the political parties...It notes the compliance with the 30 per cent representation quota for women in the executive branch; however, it is concerned at women’s low representation at high levels of decision-making in other government institutions and the judiciary." (Pg 8).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee acknowledges that school dropout rates at all levels are lower for females than for males; however, it is concerned that at higher levels of education, 46.7 per cent of young women do not complete their university education. It is also concerned at the dropout rate of girls due to pregnancies and at the lack of disaggregated data by sex, age and ethnicity related to the field of education" (Pg 9). "The inadequate access to health-care services, education and employment opportunities of indigenous and Afro-Colombian women in urban and rural contexts" (Pg 12).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"While noting that the legal age of marriage in the State party is set at 18 years for both girls and boys, the Committee is concerned at the exception in the Civil Code of the State party which allows 14-year-old adolescents, both girls and boys, to get married with the consent of their parents or guardians" (Pg 13).
Dec. 26, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-2, IRP-DATA-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There were anecdotal reports that [in Panama] Chinese citizens were forced to work in grocery stores and laundries in situations of debt bondage, as well as reports that Nicaraguan and Colombian women were subjected to domestic servitude. According to leaders of the Central General Autonomy for Workers, forced labor continued to be a growing problem, particularly in the commercial sex industry"(29-30)
Dec. 17, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"For Guerrero, beginning construction on the City of Women in 2003, with funding from the Colombian government, the United States Congress, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was only a beginning. Her organization continues to pursue funding for additional housing for displaced women and families and she leads a campaign to pursue justice and reparations for victims of gender-based violence" (12).
Dec. 17, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"In other instances, the violence has escalated beyond threats. In 2004, when the community was under construction, the security guard of the women’s brick-making factory, a husband of one of the women, was murdered. In 2007, the community hall was vandalized: cables cut, windows broken, the building burned to the ground with three canisters of gas. The women’s brick-making machine was also destroyed. In 2011, the daughter of one of the founders of the group was murdered. These examples are only several among many, demonstrating that an act so bold as women defiantly building a refuge provokes equally bold acts of intimidation and destruction" (10). "According to a March [UN ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Though there have been workshops and anti-machismo training for men living in the community, true change, particularly among older generations, remains a challenge. Machismo has been reduced 'very little,' says Guerrero, adding that she holds out hope for the younger generation. 'The fact that women own the houses intensifies the violence,' she says. 'But the young ones who grew up in the city have seen a different model. They have been raised with a process, but the adults are still machismo; there is still violence and discrimination against women' (14)."