“The Left In Colombia Must Rethink Their Relationship With Women”

2021-02-01   |   by CusiGO

Angela Mar í a Robledo, a member of Congress, knows that when she is elected as the candidate for mayor of Bogota, she will not stay long in Colombia’s left-wing political movement, a journalist and politician condemned for abuse and domestic violence. “Just then, a huge crack appeared. Our idea of zero tolerance for violence is not respected, and I believe in victims in principle, “he said a few days after abandoning the Party led by Gustavo petro.

Roberto refused to support Morris’s campaign and turned to Claudia Lopez of the Green League, who eventually won the election. Petrochemical did not forgive him. In her farewell speech, the Congresswoman said that she had no political space in the party: “my status as a feminist and a free woman has been severely attacked by all sectors of the movement. My commitment is to work for a political space that recognizes our agenda, “he wrote.

Roberto became a vice presidential candidate in 2018 and has been a member of Congress since 2010. In her letter of introduction, she is co-author of “ensuring access to justice for victims of sexual violence in armed conflict”.

Questions. In 2018, Gustavo petro’s campaign as a vice presidential candidate did not win, but won more than 8 million votes. How do you feel about giving up the projects you have worked on in the past few years?

answer. I’m very sad now. It’s not easy to give up after losing something, but staying in human Colombia means giving up the agenda I’ve been working on because there’s no room for equality policy.

Q. When did you start to feel uncomfortable in the game?

A. When I refused to be a Colombian candidate for mayor of Bogota, my political relationship with Gustavo petro broke down. I have a curl in Congress – the second-largest vote as a vice presidential candidate – and I want to occupy it. When I turned down the name of Holman Morris, everything got worse. I believe in victims and I respect our principle of zero tolerance for violence. I haven’t seen Maurice since the day I told Gustavo petro I don’t support him.

P. His public resignation on Twitter has triggered a violent reaction, unheard of by some politicians who left the left-wing leader Gustavo petro.

A. Social media is a reflection of our lives. Surprisingly, if I’m not insulted, the opposite is true. Yes, I didn’t expect such a fanatical reaction. In my opinion, some left wingers sometimes attack with the same extreme right tactics. They spread false news, they threaten. Disappointingly, if the Colombians are a feminist party, then petro’s supporters should not have such a reaction.

Q. You’re talking about the urgency of feminist policy. What’s the position of Feminism on the left in Colombia?

A. The form of patriarchy has an impressive existence in the left-wing and alternative parties. The left in Colombia needs to rethink their relationship with women. Our work is often invisible, just like at home, when women do all the work, but are not recognized. Although we have a law that says our political participation rate is 30%, our representation in Congress is only 19%. The form and structure of the party in daily administration need to be thoroughly reformed.

Q. You admit that you have presidential aspirations. You think it’s hard in human Colombia, oil?

A. In a hierarchical organization, it is difficult to achieve collective leadership. The work that women do in the party is very valuable, but the agenda that I work for a less unequal and violent country is hard to develop there.

P. Have you ruled out meeting petro again in the next presidential election?

A. I’m practicing to see where I am. The most difficult, but not impossible, is the integration of progressives, with no veto. Including petro, Sergio Fajardo… Ideally, this will be achieved in the first round of elections, and if not, I hope we can lead a movement that is consistent with the agenda of respect for life, care and equality.

Q. Colombia’s progressive politicians seem hard to join…

A. The reason is that we think it over, and the far right is united because it is fighting. In the face of the coming election, we must make efforts, which is not impossible. In January 2019, we successfully brought together all the progressive forces and made progress. It’s important because we saw the results of the local elections, but we missed them.

Q. From your feminist perspective, what do you think is the most urgent problem in Colombia?

A. Any policy that wants to change has to go through feminism. The country needs to eliminate all forms of violence. There is an urgent need to consolidate the conditions for women’s political and economic autonomy, which is at the root of domestic abuse and many other problems. Calm, change, unity and collective leadership are needed.