Martha Ordoñez Vera is a journalist, radio and TV producer, and served as Councilwoman for Bogotá during two consecutive terms. She has been a social activist and an advocate of women’s and infancy rights since 2002, working to eradicate sexual and domestic violence whose primary victims are women and children.
For over 10 years she has been providing advisory and accompaniment services to victims of sexual, emotional and physical violence. In 2004, she represented victims before the Congress of the Republic, denouncing and publicly voicing the abandonment and neglect suffered by them.
In 2005 she convened and led a nationwide demonstration rejecting sexual abuse and violence, reactivating public awareness about this problem. In 2006, after concluding research on sexual violence along with psychiatrist Isabel Cuadros, she wrote the book “La infancia rota” (Broken Childhood), a guide for sexual abuse treatment and reporting.
She authored 9 city agreements whose primary goals are the prevention and care for all sorts of violence, particularly sexual and domestic violence against women and children, which in turn are tools for the city and its different authorities aimed at ensuring that decent treatment and specialized care are provided to all victims of this scourge, besides promoting social and cultural change to eradicate this kind of violence.
As Councilwoman for Bogotá, she stood out for her serious and responsible political control, following up on the implementation of Bogotá’s public policies and development plans in order to ensure the protection of the rights and the quality of life of the city’s women, children, adolescents and vulnerable populations, addressing fundamental topics such as healthcare for women victim of acid burns, the collection of forensic evidence at hospitals, protocols for the attention of victims of sexual violence, characterization and attention of crimes against women such as sexual and domestic violence, in addition to being part of the group of women holding a seat in the Council of Bogotá.
Likewise, she promotes a social mobilization campaign since 2008, and currently leads the discussion group “No more beatings, correct me without hitting me” throughout all of Bogotá’s districts, seeking to raise awareness about the need to abolish and eradicate all kinds of violent practices within families, and particularly against women and children. Additionally, she conducted a research on this topic which resulted in the publication of the book entitled “Dime cómo te castigaron y te diré quién eres” (Tell me how were you punished and I’ll tell you who you are) in 2010.
As an acknowledgment for her social work, in 2011 she was decorated with the Great Knight Cross Civil Merit Order by the Mayor of Bogotá, and in 2013 she was nominated for the Cafam Women’s Award.