According to the refugee organization, the Court ordered direct protection for 600 displaced women and asked the country’s attorney-general to investigate several cases of sexual and gender-based violence.The ruling came after months of hearings during which displaced women and organizations working on their behalf, including UNHCR, outlined the situation and risks this group faces. Displaced women form around 50 percent of the total displaced population, double the number of displaced men.The Court identified a disproportionate impact of the country’s conflict upon women, as well as ten factors creating special vulnerability including the risks of sexual violence, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, recruitment of their children by armed groups, becoming targets if they have personal relations with members of armed groups, and the increased risk of losing their land.Discrimination against indigenous and Afro-Colombian women was also identified as a risk, says the UNHCR.
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