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Parliamentary questions
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13 July 2017
Question for written answer E-004761-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ulrike Lunacek (Verts/ALE) , Iratxe García Pérez (S&D) , Florent Marcellesi (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Women in Colombia
 Answer in writing 

In the last five years, women’s peace-building efforts in Colombia have strengthened and become more apparent as a result of major achievements such as the amendment to the Peace Agreement between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government excluding the possibility of amnesty or reprieve for crimes of sexual violence during conflict.

At a time when there is a growing stigma attached to different gender identities and an increase in assassinations of human rights defenders, the wave of threats against female human rights defenders and social leaders is concerning. Urgent action is needed to ensure that this is prevented and that there is protection of, and involvement in, the defence of human rights with a real focus on gender.

What monitoring mechanisms are being implemented in terms of how the Trust Fund is used? How has the gender focus been incorporated?

Taking into consideration the sections of the Peace Agreement which provide for EU support, and in accordance with the EU policy framework on women’s access to justice, how is the Commission making sure that guarantees are in place, and that women are represented and can play a genuine part?

Original language of question: ES 
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