In October 2017, GMAP visited Colombia to conduct a Gender and Diversity assessment of the needs and priorities of communities affected by the conflict and of ongoing mine action activities in the country.
This visit is part of a project, developed with the support of the governments of Australia and Germany and in cooperation with the Colombian National Mine Action Authority (Dirección Descontamina Colombia), to support the design of a National Gender and Diversity Policy for Integrated Mine Action in Colombia.
In this first assessment, GMAP visited the Municipality of Vistahermosa, Meta, one of the areas that have been hit the hardest by the conflict and has one of the highest number of casualties from mine and explosive remnants of war in the country.
Focus group discussions and interviews were conducted with mine action operators, community leaders and members, government representatives, survivors and indirect victims to identify how the design and implementation of the activities can take into account the specific needs of different populations and groups according to their age, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and disability, among other aspects.
GMAP will conduct two additional assessments in other mine-affected areas in Colombia. Based on the findings, recommendations will be provided to the partners in order to establish a National Gender and Diversity Policy for Integrated Mine Action in Colombia in the framework of the current peace process and national normative framework for gender, diversity and victim assistance.
Tatiana, in the picture, is the first woman to become a mechanical operator for humanitarian demining in Colombia