Colombian women from the Caribbean regions are very vulnerable to human rights violations and poverty as a consequence of the conflict in the country. One out three Colombian women becomes victim to rape or other forms of sexual violence due to armed conflict. The Atlántico county in Colombia is characterized by high population mobility, and has for an extended time been a strategic area for illegally armed groups involved in war and drug trafficking.
The project works toward justice for women in Barranquilla and several municipalities in the Atlántico County. The goal is to help women who have been subjected to sexual abuse and / or human rights violations. It focuses on women who do not receive required assistance due to their political, economic and geographical situation. They receive free legal aid and representation. The COLEMADS head office provides legal advice, monitors the human rights situation in these areas, and adds toward women's empowerment.
The project promotes training of women to recognize and practice their rights, identify violations against their rights, as well as to secure legal requirements and rights to redress cases independently and by legal support.
The project was earlier supported by Norad, but from 2010 will receive funding from the telethon “Dream Catcher”.