16 Days: The War We Are Living
The theme of this year's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women. Militarism is defined by the 16 Days campaign as "an ideology that creates a culture of fear and supports the use of violence, aggression, or military interventions for settling disputes and enforcing economic and political interests." Militarism often has grave consequences for the safety and security of women, who are subjected to sexual assault during military conflicts and are attacked for participating activism to demand political change. In a recent series on Women, War, and Peace, PBS produced an hour-long documentary that features the struggles of two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women who are fighting to hold onto the gold-rich land in Cauca that has sustained their community through small-scale mining for centuries. The War We Are Living shows Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez defy paramilitary death threats while standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy in a 40-year-long civil war.