Before becoming a student at the CES University Law School and writing a degree project on the role of the female body in the armed conflict -which has been recognized with almost perfect scores- Valeria Santis Vellojin, had already known the horrors of war in the municipality of Lórica, Córdoba, when his grandfather was assassinated in 2009 by armed groups that operate there.
This fact that marked the history of her family also motivated her years later, as a law student, to get involved in investigations of victims of the Colombian armed conflict and to carry out graduate work that has been recognized among the best of the past Institutional Research Days and Innovation 2020 and that it obtained a rating of 4.9 out of 5 in the presentation of research advances carried out by the Faculties of Law, Physiotherapy, Sciences and Biotechnology and Nursing.
The job The body of women and their representations in the internal armed conflict in Colombia, carried out by this student in the company of the teacher Clara Mira Gonzáles, is an analysis of almost a thousand stories recorded in the reports of the National Center for Historical Memory and the Pacific Route of Women, institutions that have consolidated the narratives and studies of the armed confrontation that has plagued Colombia for more than 50 years.
“My research focuses on analyzing these stories and drawing conclusions from the way in which the woman's body has been used as a logic of war by all the armed actors (Army, paramilitaries, guerrillas) ”, Valeria explained.
From her work Valeria was able to extract some categories in which the woman's body is used or violated in the conflict: women as a generator of life, in which the body is attacked to eradicate the possibility of community expansion; the woman as a guerrilla, where it is indicated how the combatant is more likely to suffer attacks of sexual violence; women as a representative of dignity: where mistreatment, violation of rights and denigration of the feminine is used as a tool of power; and women as children and adolescents, where the unfortunate condition of underage victims in the conflict and the crimes they have suffered is mentioned.
Valería Santis expressed that with her future graduation as a lawyer from CES University, she hopes to continue investigating issues related to human rights and state retribution to the victims of the conflict.