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Tools for » Integrated strategy for the prevention, care and elimination of all forms of gender based violence in Colombia
Project ID:00067169Description:MDGF-1746-B-COL Gender
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 14 Sep 2007
MDGF Gender Equal & Empowermt
End Date*: 31 Dec 2011
Country: Colombia Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple


The Comprehensive Strategy for Preventing, Treating and Eradicating All Forms of Gender Based Violence Joint Programme seeks to help eradicate all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) through a comprehensive strategy of developing initiatives for preventing, detecting, recording, monitoring and punishing GBV. The Programme will operate at both national and local levels and will make heightened awareness of GBV a priority.

The Programme takes note of the multidimensionality of GBV and proposes inter-sector and inter-institutional intervention, within the framework of a human security and human rights perspective. In order to achieve advances in this field, strategies will be implemented in terms of regulations and policies, such as the systematic inclusion of GBV in public policies, plans and budgets and the development of a legal framework in accordance with national and international instruments. Special attention will be paid to developing capabilities and to processes for organizing and encouraging social participation of at-risk members of the population, such as victims and survivors of different forms of violence, displaced women, victims of human trafficking, indigenous people and people of African descent in order to reduce gender inequalities and overcome historic discrimination.

The Programme is responding to one of the great challenges for the country listed in the UNDAF document, which involves reducing the high incidence of all forms of GBV in order to help eliminate inequalities between men and women, reducing impunity and guaranteeing protection to women by fitting initiatives already in existence in Colombia into the framework of international human rights instruments.

The agencies in charge of implementing the Programme are UNIFEM, UNFPA and IOM. UNIFEM is responsible for coordination, in collaboration with other agencies of the United Nations System and the donors that make up the Inter-agency gender board in Colombia, including, among others, the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI). The proposed activities will be carried out with the active participation of the following national partners: the Consejería Presidencial para la Equidad de la Mujer (CPEM) (Presidential Advisory Office on Gender Equality); the Ministry of Foreign Relations; the Presidential Agency for Social Action and International Cooperation (ACCIÓN SOCIAL); public institutions with jurisdiction in GBV matters; executive, legislative and judicial agencies and auditing bodies; communication media; universities; local mechanisms for women’s equality; and social organizations, in particular women’s organizations.


Outcome 1:

The Joint Programme has contributed to the prevention, detection and monitoring of Gender Based Violence (GBV) especially against women.

Outcome achievements:

OUTPUT 1.1:  The level of institutional and social tolerance over the problem of Gender Based Violence (GBV) has been reduced.

  • National baselines of social and institutional tolerance of GBV have been produced and their results reported.
  • The knowledge about causes, consequences, manifestations and prevention of GBV has been generated through 10 research studies.
  • An education and communication strategy against the GBV has been developed at national and territorial levels, generating 850 media notes, 26 demonstrations and the production and wide dissemination of commercial radio, television and communication pieces.

OUTPUT 1.2: Governmental institutions and social organizations working on the prevention and detection of GBV have been strengthened.

  • 2 cross-national spaces strengthened and 4 intersectoral spaces created and/or strengthened at local level.
  • 6 documents (strategies, programs, manuals) related to the prevention and detection of GBV have been prepared.
  • 4 processes of sensitization, reporting and enforcement of rights have been carried out.
  • 18 organizations (1 national and 17 local) are currently implementing prevention actions.

OUTPUT 1.3: The national capacities to monitor and oversee the phenomenon of GBV have been strengthened.

  • Newsletters on GBV and trafficking have been published and distributed.
  • An institutional policy on women's rights, gender and GBV has been adopted.
  • A surveillance system guaranteeing rights with a gender approach has been adopted.
  • 3 follow-up reports on GBV have been published.
  • A Corporate Plan on GBV has been designed.


Outcome 2:

Improved quality of care services for GBV at the national and local levels.

Outcome achievements:

OUTPUT 2.1:  The capacity of governmental institutions and social organizations to provide relief to victims and survivors of GBV has been strengthened.

  • 2 entities assisting victims of GBV have been strengthened by quality criteria.
  • A public defender model for women in the Ombudsman has been adopted.
  • 39 institutions are currently developing prevention and care activities.
  • 21 organizations are currently implementing prevention activities.
  • 1 NGO and 4 socials organizations are currently providing care relief.
  • 4 entities are currently developing institutional improvement actions on GBV.
  • The 001 of 2009 resolution cancelling the practice of female circumcision by the Indian community Embera Chami has been issued.


Outcome 3:

The Joint Programme has helped develop a legal and public policies on GBV in line with international instruments.

Outcome achievements:

OUTPUT 3.1: The formulation of a National Strategic Plan against GBV has been promoted and the prevention, care relief, punishment and eradication strategies on GBV have been incorporated in public policies, plans and budgets at national and local levels.

  • 4 institutions have formulated and implemented policies, plans or programs that include actions on GBV.
  • 21 gender sectoral committees of the Judicial Branch are implementing the policy of gender equality and GBV.
  • A model proposition to incorporate the 1257 law on municipal budgets and departmental has been elaborated.
  • The Presidential Office on Gender Equality (CPEM) was established as the relevant body for institutional mobilization with regards to the various aspects of laws and regulations.

OUTPUT 3.2: A legal framework for the prevention, punishment and eradication of GBV has been formulated and disseminated.

  • Technical assistance and funding was provided to support 10 social organizations of national scope in order to promote advocacy and dialogue within the Congress in the processes of formulation, approval, regulation and diffusion of the current bill: 10 organizations have strengthened their commitment and strategies in support of the Law 1257/2008 dissemination.


Lessons learned:

  • A common coordinator and coordination office with the focal points of the three agencies contributed to the successful achievement of results. In addition, the Programme Management Committee and National Steering Committee overseeing strategic and operational functions, as well as a procedures manual also enhanced coordination.


More details can be found in the final project report:

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Colombia or the lead agency for the programme.

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