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The gender, climate change and security nexus in Colombia

17 May, 2022



In recent years, the current climate crisis has become one of the most pressing global problems whose impacts are evident throughout the world. However, the rise in insecurity, which is of particular concern in peacebuilding settings, is not gender-neutral. Women, men, and people of non-binary gender are affected differently by the impacts of the increase in violence and crime as well as the securitization of climate policy. 

Colombia has been historically affected by conditions of socioeconomic inequality and by multiple forms of violence that contributed to the materialization of an internal conflict that has lasted for more than 50 years. Multiple actors have perpetrated violations and abuses against the civilian population, infrastructure, and natural resources. As such, Colombia is an interesting case study to understand how the climate crisis impacts peacebuilding efforts, and how women are affected and act against this phenomenon. To deal with the climate emergency, immediate multisectoral action, especially from governments, is urgent to deal with the catastrophic consequences of this crisis.

This country report was produced within the frame of the implementation of the project ‘Raising women’s voices, hearing women’s words: Empowering women’s rights organisations to put climate change on the agenda in peace and security processes’. This document examines the nexus between gender, climate, and peace and security in Colombia to contribute to strengthening the capacity of women's organizations to advocate for the inclusion of gender and climate perspective in peace and security processes in the country. Moreover, this document seeks to advocate for improving global tools and policies on climate change, gender, peace, and security.


Camille Risler and Linda Sánchez Avendaño