A Colombian woman shouting slogans in support of the new peace deal between the government and FARC.
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Under a newly signed peace deal to end Colombia's war, women who have been raped by military forces or rebel fighters may expect to have the crimes against them investigated by a special unit.President Juan Manuel Santos and top FARC leader Timochenko signed the peace deal Monday, ending a 52-year conflict that has killed 200,000 people and forced millions more from their homes.According to the U.N. agency, having women at the negotiating table increases the chance of a peace agreement lasting 15 years by 35 percent.Fewer than 4 percent of signatories to peace agreements were women between 1992 and 2011, and less than 10 percent of negotiators were women, according to U.N. Women.As part of the peace deal, around 7,000 FARC fighters will hand in their weapons and reintegrate into civilian life.Making sure women in Colombia play a role in implementing the peace deal will be a challenge, analysts said.
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