A study published the last time there was a European Championships being played found that 1 in every 3 women in Colombia aged between 15-49 had experienced physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partner, at least once in their lifetime (Bott et al., 2016). Indeed, stereotypes, discrimination and grossly unequal socio-economic conditions have had a direct impact on violence against women in Colombia. This week, we make our mid-summer return by speaking to Maria Alejandra Vanegas, the program coordinator of a Soacha-based NGO that seeks to  promote human rights in Colombia, with an emphasis on  female sexual and reproductive rights. Tune in to find out more about the organisation, and how bicycles of all things, play a critical role in providing young women and girls with the opportunity to take control of their own lives.  

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