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In Colombia, as in other countries, women suffer structural discrimination and live in a clearly unequal position in relation to men. In a patriarchal society like Colombia, women suffer inequalities in all aspects of life: labour market access, land property and political participation. According to the Human Rights Ombudsman's Office in Colombia, around 70 percent of women in Colombia have suffered some form of violence (physical, psychological or political), and up to 80% of victims do not report crimes committed against them. It is important to take into account when analyzing violence against women in Colombia, the double victimization they suffer due to living in a patriarchal society where structural discrimination is the norm and in a situation of armed conflict. One of the cruelest effects of this situation in Colombia is the way that sexual violence has been used as part of the armed conflict to control women.


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