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France Márquez is the woman who could change the future of Colombia. Citizens remained called to vote in political elections and presidential primaries: Senator Gustavo Petro’s left-wing Pacto Histórico coalition emerged as the country’s main political force. The media reporting the election results today underline the phenomenon Márquez, who came in second place in the primaries of the left-wing coalition for the presidential elections. The 41-year-old Afro-Colombian activist was a winner in 2018 of the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the “Nobel prize for the environment“, due to his struggle to stop illegal gold mining in his ancestral land.
Born in Suárez, in the Meta department, Márquez has distinguished herself in the struggles in defense ofenvironment, human rights and women’s rights. It was presented in the primaries of the left Pacto Histrico won by Senator Gustavo Petro, France came second, obtaining 783,160 votes, equivalent to 14.05%.
Colombian public opinion began to know her in 2012, when she participated in the peace negotiations in Havana between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In 2014, on the other hand, together with 80 other women wearing traditional African headdresses, she organized a “Marica dei turban” to Bogotà to protest against illegal mining in the Cauca. In May 2019 she suffered an attack, with firearms and grenades, while she attended a meeting with other community leaders to prepare a meeting with the government. The attack, in which two of her bodyguards were injured, was condemned by both the UN and Colombian President Ivan Duque.