The new public resource seeks to reduce domestic violence in Bogotá by eradicating machismo and providing a safe space for callers

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In Bogotá, Colombia, a phone operator listens intently to the man on the other end of the phone. The caller, 23, is reeling from his girlfriend’s decision to leave him. It’s a development that’s devastating, but not completely unexpected; after all, he regularly accused his partner of infidelity without justification, often questioning the nature of her male friendships. Despite knowing he was in the wrong, he also felt he had nowhere to turn to deal with the insecurities that had a toxic — and ultimately terminal — effect on his relationship.

Luz Fedra Rua, the psychologist facilitating the conversation, is…

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Sofía Nariño, an ex-combatant of the FARC running for a seat on Bogotá’s city council, sits for a portrait on election night at FARC party headquarters under a row of photographs of legendary FARC guerrilla fighters in Bogotá, Colombia.Photography: Gena Steffens

Female FARC political party candidates have a long road ahead, but are making significant progress

Sofía Nariño arrived at the voting station in Bogotá’s well-to-do Teusaquillo neighborhood, dressed in a lacy white blouse and a leather bolo tie necklace, secured with a red rose in full bloom. Gone were the olive-green fatigues she donned as a Marxist rebel fighter and as a part of her campaign publicity. “From the jungles to city council,” read the slogan on a giant banner, hanging on a building of Colombia’s capitol.

Only four years ago, Nariño belonged to the eastern bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the oldest guerrilla army in the world — before…

Christina Noriega

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