The report highlights how women are the primary victims of the violent actions perpetrated by armed actors including physical and psychological violence, sexual violence, forced recruitment as combatants and forced displacement. Although the State provides financial packages as part of humanitarian assistance this aid is a welfare approach that barely covers basic needs. 52%5 of the recipients of financial aid packages distributed by the government are women because they make up majority of surviving victims of armed conflicts. This has led many women to join civil society organisations where many of them also become leaders who are at the forefront of actions to claim their rights.
Armed conflict has also limited the access to social and economic rights leading young people, children and women to take part in illicit and criminal activities such as drug trafficking and forced prostitution.
The Colombia report is online at: http://www.gnwp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/colombia1.pdf
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