While Colombia continues navigating the path to peace after over 50 years of conflict, the consequences of war and lack of government resources continue to disproportionately affect Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities, many of whom reside in Chocó. Over 50% of the population is internally displaced and it remains one of the poorest and most dangerous pockets of Colombia. The challenges that Afro-Colombian women face are unique in that they span from sexual violence and high unemployment rates to lack of opportunities for youth advancement and representation in the mainstream media.
Among these women are individuals looking to embrace roles beyond those specified in the peace accord with FARC—roles that promote resilience through healing, growth and nourishing a positive collective identity within their own communities. Photographed with the support of IWMF.