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From 2018 to September 2021, the Ombudsman’s Office had assisted 17,949 women and people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identity, who reported having been victims of gender-based violence.
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And only between January and September 2021, the entity attended 64 cases of alleged feminicide, which occurred mainly in the departments of Córdoba (12), Santander (6), Caquetá (6) and Cauca (4).
When announcing the Bulletin of Gender-Based Violence, of the Delegate for Women’s Rights and Gender Issues, Camargo explained that the largest number of victims have been women between the ages of 29 and 40 (34.9 percent) . Then they are between 19 and 28 years old (27 percent); between 41 and 60 years (22 percent); girls between the ages of 6 and 13 and older adults (with the same percentage of 3.3 percent); adolescents between 15 and 18 years old (3.2 percent) and girls between 0 and 5 years old (2.4 percent).
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The pandemic made visible and deepened the barriers that women face to access their rights and a life free of violence: Carlos Camargo
Camargo cited that, for example, in 2020, during the pandemic, cases and different types of violence increased: economic by 95 percent; equity in 70 percent; 61 percent physical; psychological in 43 percent and sexual in 31 percent.
In addition to those close to them, the main aggressors are the illegal armed groups and the agents of the State, represented in the public force and public officials of government entities. The Ombudsman’s Office warned that this is worrying since the latter are the ones who should mainly protect the rights of women.
“The Ombudsman’s Office warned that the measures adopted during the pandemic, especially the confinement, meant that it was impossible to report attacks committed at home and that it was forced to coexist with the perpetrators. During 2020, 136 femicides and 193 attempted femicides were known. And in 2019, 68 femicides and 125 attempted femicides had been committed. 2020 was the year in which the entity attended more cases for this conduct, “added the Ombudsman.
In addition, only this year 2021, between January and September, 64 cases have been counted for femicide and 76 for attempted femicide. The regions with the highest number of cases are: Córdoba (12), Santander (6), Caquetá (6), Pacífico (5) and Cauca (4).
While the departments with the highest number of reports of attempted femicide are: Norte de Santander (24), Chocó (8), Cundinamarca (6), Cauca (5) and Santander (4).
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