This is how Colombian women took the streets

This week, on Monday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was celebrated and Colombian women had a lot to say.

Group of people during the marches on the day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Bogota.

Group of people during the marches on the day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Bogota. / Photos: LatinAmerican Post

The Woman Post | Luisa Fernanda Báez Toro

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According to Legal Medicine statistics, in Colombia, as of September 2019, there were 9 more cases of sexual assault (731), which in the same period of 2018 (722) and the figures of sexual violence have increased by 28.6% between 2013 and 2018, as read on Caracol.

Yesterday thousands of women took the streets all over the country to ask for better government policies that guarantee their safety. 

Figures of Legal Medicine revealed that in 2019, 2,845 women have been at extreme risk of being victims of femicide. The three messages that they wanted to share are: 

1. The state does not take care of me because it is the creator and reproducer of violence against women

2. The state takes a party in patriarchal violence by not guaranteeing the life and rights of women. 

3. We are a collective face that unites to fight against all systems of oppression and that collectively organizes itself to protest against the country.

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