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Colombia and rebels to end war while protecting women, LGBTIs

Staff Writer | July 26, 2016
Colombia’s government and rebel fighters have agreed LGBTI and women’s equality will be part of a peace deal to end 50 years of civil war.
Maria Angela Holguin
Equality   Colombia is moving towards peace after 50 years
The South American country is moving towards peace after five decades of conflict leaving more than 260,000 dead, 45,000 missing and more than 6.5million people displaced, Gay Star News report.

But last month’s ceasefire and disarmament deal was only

the first step On Sunday, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Zainab Bangura, the UN’s top envoy for sex abuse in conflict, presented a partial draft of the new peace deal in Havana.

"Putting gender in a peace agreement is a first," said Colombia’s Foreign Minister, Maria Angela Holguin. "It has never before been done in (ending) war."

As part of the deal, the government and the FARC rebels agreed on promoting gender equality to "create conditions for women and people with diverse sexual identity to be able to access on equal terms to the benefits of living in a country without armed conflict".

"We are aware that the changes that the country needs for peace-building cannot be possible without a society that recognizes and respects differences, and in which stigmatization and gender-biased discrimination remain in the past" FARC-EP said in a statement.

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