Country Colombia
Year 2005
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation, Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns, Justice > Protocols and guidelines
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


The Act No. 975 of 2005 "Justice and Peace Act", is intended to facilitate the peace processes and individual and collective reintegration of members of illegal armed groups into civilian life. The Act established the National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation with the aim of safeguarding victims’ rights to truth, justice and reparation and advocating the implementation, by the Government, of an institutional programme of collective reparations to make it possible, inter alia, to reinstate the institutional structure of a social State governed by the rule of law, re-establish and promote the rights of citizens affected by acts of violence, recognize victims and restore their dignity, encourage and strengthen actions aimed at national reconciliation and reconstruct historical memory from the victims’ perspective. The National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation has taken steps to disseminate victims’ rights and the Justice and Peace Act, to provide guidelines for dealing with cases of violence in the context of armed conflict and reconstructing historical memory and to produce special broadcasts on human rights and forced displacement. The related publications and programmes include a handbook on case documentation and counselling for women victims of gender-based violence in the context of armed conflict, a profile for documenting cases of gender-based violence in armed conflict situations, a pamphlet on gender-based violence, a conflict reconstruction tool kit, an online newsletter on women’s rights, the documentary series “Never Again”, the radio series “Victims Tell Their Story”, the radio programme “Victims’ Hour”, the bulletin “Let’s Talk about Reconciliation” produced by the National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation, the Historical Memory Group’s report “Massacre of Bahía Portete: Wayuú women in the crosshairs” and other reports on reconstructing historical memory.

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/COL/7-8, para. 192.


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