Make women’s security a higher priority

Refugee award highlights the courage and tragedy of Colombian women.

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Members of Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro, the Colombian women's group awarded this year with the world's highest award for refugee efforts, the Nansen medal.
Jonathan Olfert
Published: Wednesday, 10/01/2014 12:00 am EDT

Most people have never heard of Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro (Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future), the Colombian organization that won the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Nansen medal last month, the world's highest award for refugee efforts. Many, even those who are well informed by any reasonable standard, would not associate butterflies with high-priority humanitarian catastrophe.

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