Women who have been part of the armed struggle and who have now adopted the word and political action, do not consider ourselves victims of sexual violence in the ranks of the organization in which we have been active. We are and were fighters for life and for equal rights and duties.
We are feminists and brave, we have defended with our lives the construction of a more just and human world. We bet on the creation of a Colombia with social justice. We assumed our role as fighters in the cruel war that bled our country.
We knew the risks and limitations of our decision. In the ranks of the organization we worked and fought shoulder to shoulder with our comrades. We took up arms to defend our people and our ideas, we took up arms to defend millions of exploited, excluded, marginalized and violated women.
Our organization had the rules and elements to protect all of us from male violence, we were educated and trained to fight against patriarchy, despite being part of a macho society.
The rigours of war forced us to renounce motherhood, we could have not been so irresponsible to have children in the middle of daily battles. We women who had chosen militancy knew it, but we always had options. We were active for more than 20 years in the organization and we can attest that we never saw a forced abortion or an improper act that was not rigorously punished.
If there were cases where the rule was broken, they will be judged by the JEP or they will be sent to the ordinary courts. This is what has been proposed at the negotiation table in Havana.
We invite you to deal with the issue responsibly. If there is evidence, this must be submitted to the competent bodies. Street and shouted justice only damages the construction of peace and feeds hatred and revenge. It is important to denounce the double discourse.
If the media and Colombian society really care about the victims, if we want to restore and overcome violence, let's talk about why the participation rights of the victims are denied by rejecting the Special Circumscriptions.
That should be the central issue today in Colombia.
7 December, 2017