In Northern Colombia, Women and Girls Endure Astonishing Violence and Need Immediate Protection and Cash Assistance
By Cassondra Puls, Women’s Refugee Commission, and Catalina Vargas, CARE Colombia
October 25, 2021
At Colombia’s border with Venezuela, women and girls face daily risks to their health and lives to survive and provide for themselves and their families. In September 2021, CARE Colombia field staff spoke to more than 80 women in Ocaña, Norte de Santander, Colombia, about their lives and exposure to violence. Women described deprivations and violations, including high levels of gender-based violence (GBV), with few services or aid to turn to.