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Country / Region profile of: Colombia

In the conflict between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), thousands of women were raped and abused - generally with impunity. The second and final agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the government was then signed on 24 November 2016 and later ratified by Congress on 30 November 2016. Sexual harassment, violence against women and the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation remain major concerns. Although women enjoy the same legal rights as men, serious discrimination against women persists. Colombia is currently ranked at number 36 of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. Colombia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1982. In regards to disarmament, Colombia voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 24th September 2013, but has not yet ratified. Colombia spent $10 bln on its military in 2017. In October 2017, the government of Colombia made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific financial commitments were made. Subsequently, there is no National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 (2000) in Colombia. The CEDAW Committee recently commended WILPF’s advocacy on the participation of women in the Colombian peace process and asked for a fast implementation of WILPF's recommendations on the inclusion of women in the peace process and on the protection of women’s rights defenders.

"Being a woman human rights activist in Colombia is like being a kamikaze in Iraq." - Angelica Bello


$ 9,713,800,000
Military expenditure
Colombia spends USD$ 9,713,800,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Women's inclusion in peace processes
This amount could be invested in peace processes, helping to include women in peace negotiations for a lasting peace.
NAP 1325
Colombia does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Colombia made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.