Yolanda Perea Mosquera is a Colombian leader who has stood for the defense of the rights of victims, especially those who have suffered sexual violence in the Colombian conflict. At 11 years old, living in a village in the department of Chocó, Yolanda was victim of sexual violence. Months later her mother was murdered after denouncing the crime committed to her daughter.
Yolanda decided to use her story, to defend, represent, support and assist children, youth, women and men who like her have been victims of sexual violence used as a weapon of war to control communities. This is one of the most painful realities of the Colombian conflict.
Yolanda is currently a representative of the Afro-Colombian Corporation “El Puerto de mi Tierra”, and is a member of the National Bureau of Victims regarding issues of sexual violence. She says that as a leader and spokesperson of the victims of the Colombian conflict has achieved that the voices of “women have been heard and the victims have demanded the fulfillment of a differentiated service considering gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious belief and political ideology. We have also promoted the prevention, treatment and punishment of violence against women, as this is exacerbated in the context of armed conflict.”