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Nansen Refugee Award 2014

by UN Refugee Agency category: Cause

“Congratulations to the winners of UNHCR’s #NansenAward, Butterflies. They risk their lives helping women in Colombia http://thndr.it/1xDylbu

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Nansen Refugee Award 2014

Once a year, UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award honours outstanding work on behalf of the forcibly displaced.

Congratulate the 2014 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award:

Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future

They will receive the award September 29th. Pay homage to their work and send congratulations to the Butterflies on the date:
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In Buenaventura, one of the most violent cities in Colombia, the Butterflies help survivors of displacement and sexual abuse:

In a country where 5.7 million people have been uprooted by conflict, Buenaventura stands as a graphic testimonial. The city has one of the highest rates of violence and displacement due to escalating rivalries between illegal armed groups. Sadly the most vulnerable are often their targets. The groups violate women and children to demonstrate their power and strength. Women are tortured, raped or killed to exact revenge. 

Butterflies provides one-on-one support for  victims of abuse and reaches out into communities to educate women and put pressure on the authorities to uphold women’s rights.

Many of Butterflies’ members have been forcibly displaced as a result of Colombia’s armed conflict, or have had relatives killed or gone missing. Many are also survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It is this shared experience that pushes them to continue their work in spite of the risks.

On foot or by bus, they cautiously move through the most dangerous neighbourhoods to help women access medical and psychological care and accompany them to report crimes. Through regular workshops they also teach women practical skills allowing them to make a living and know their rights.

So far, Butterflies volunteers have turned around the lives of more than 1000 women and their families.

Learn more about Butterflies and the award: stories.unhcr.org


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Once a year, UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award honours outstanding work on behalf of the forcibly displaced. Pay homage and congratulate the 2014 winner.

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