HHH Prof. Friedemann-Sánchez & MPA alum Grieve researching violence against women in Colombia

Crossposted from CWGPP news:  "Spotlight: Professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez Researches Colombia's Response to Violence Against Women

In late March, Humphrey Professor Greta Friedemann-Sáncheztraveled to Geneva with her research partner, Peggy Grieve (MPA ’16) and The Advocates for Human Rightsto advocate for and present their recommendations on addressing intimate partner violence in Colombia to the Human Rights Council at the United Nations. The trip and forthcoming report are the culmination of three years of research in Colombia for Friedemann-Sánchez and Grieve. The pair has researched the implementation of laws that address violence against women in Colombia since 2015, conducting 129 interviews and focusing on Family Commissioners, who are the first judicial response to victims of domestic violence. Friedemann-Sánchez and Grieve’s findings affirm research showing that in post-conflict zones intimate partner violence actually increases in the home and becomes more severe. Family Commissioners play a key role in providing victims of intimate partner violence with access to justice, protection, and services, and yet Friedemann-Sánchez and Grieve find that the number of responsibilities Family Commissioners have, the institutional structure and funding of Family Commissioners Offices across the country are inadequate to enable them to effectively help victims. This, coupled with a lack of health and shelter services for victims from the Ministry of Health, means that violence against women may continue to surge in Colombia. With the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of Colombia in the UN, Friedemann-Sánchez, Grieve, and The Advocates for Human Rights hope their advocacy at the UN will influence the international body to pressure Colombia into implementing their recommendations to effectively combat violence against women."

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