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Raising Voices: Empowering Female Farmers in Drug Crop Cultivation Areas

  • When
  • April 15, 2021
    8:10–9:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • Where
  • Live Stream
  • Speakers
  • Luz Piedad Caicedo, Sarah David, Maria Flachsbarth, Yenninfer Martínez Murrillo, Catalina Gil Pinzón, and Erolita Melendrez Tuanama
  • Programs
  • Global Drug Policy Program
  • In partnership with
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Corporación Humanas Colombia

Women living in drug crop cultivation areas are confronted with adverse conditions. They play an important role in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities and improving their overall well-being, but structural barriers and discriminatory social norms continue to constrain women’s decision-making and economic powers in both private and public spheres.

In addition to the socioeconomic difficulties, women in these areas also have to cope with the consequences of illicit drug economies. Their experiences remain largely untold.


  • Luz Piedad Caicedo


    Luz Piedad Caicedo is deputy director of Corporación Humanas Colombia.

  • Sarah David


    Sarah David is an advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

  • Maria Flachsbarth


    Maria Flachsbarth is parliamentary state secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

  • Yenninfer Martínez Murrillo


    Yenninfer Martínez Murrillo is a representative of Asociación de Trabajadores Campesinos Agroecológicos del Municipio de Mesetas.

  • Catalina Gil Pinzón


    Catalina Gil Pinzón is a program officer with Open Society Foundations.

  • Erolita Melendrez Tuanama


    Erolita Melendrez Tuanama is chairperson of Asociación de Mujeres Chocolateras Chocolate Corazón de Nolberth Alto Uruya.

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