‘City of Women’: A refuge for Colombia’s displaced

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Megan Janetsky

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The main street in the City of Women is called “Avenue of the Woman Warrior”

During Colombia’s more than half-century armed conflict, bloodshed between left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries and the country’s military forced nearly eight million people to flee their homes.

Women and Afro-Colombians in particular faced greater levels of violence in the conflict and would often arrive in far-off cities with nothing and no-one.

In an impoverished neighbourhood in the sweltering coastal city of Cartagena, a group of…

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