|A flower for my lady.|
In Colombia, where gender roles are generally traditional, the day was commemorated with flowers and tributes to women's dedication as wives, mothers and homemakers. In fact, women's lives are often difficult in Colombia. I know many single mothers, because Colombian men don't appear particularly dedicated to sticking around to raise their children or paying child support.
Women are also victimized in Colombia's violent conflict, where armed groups use rape and forced displacement as weapons of war. According to the U.S. Office on Colombia "More than 480,000 Colombian women have suffered some type of sexual violence between 2002 and 2009 in areas where there is presence of the legal and illegal armed actors. Almost 90% of these crimes are not reported and those that are continue in impunity."
|Posters recounting abuses against women in Colombia's conflict.|
|A bus-shelter billboard informing about abortion rights.|
But, in a hard-drinking, machista nation, gender violence continues to be rampant. Reportedly, some 150 women suffer gender violence every day. In 2009, Colombia passed a law against violence against women.
|Women demonstrators near the National University in Bogotá.|
The company CAFAM gave its annual women's achievement award to Ruth Consuelo Chaparro, who trains teachers to work in indigenous communities.
At the National University, women students demonstrated in the Plaza del Ché, put up some radical murals and then danced in the neighboring avenue, chanting against the police and the Catholic Church.
|In Che Plaza: A new poster celebrating women guerrillas. It won't stay up long!|
|Across from the National U., police waited.|
|The demonstrators trapped a taxi.|
|A janitor cleaning up Che Plaza contemplates the pro-guerrilla poster.|
|Marching back across campus.|
Blog by Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours