Is Gustavo Petro Leaving Behind Colombian Progressives?

By Mariana Palau

The left-wing candidate for Colombia’s presidency is building new alliances, and straining old ones.

When Gustavo Petro edged into the second round of the 2018 presidential race, socially progressive movements that had worked on his Humane Colombia campaign saw the resonance and power of their platforms. Feminists were an integral part of that campaign, with Ángela María Robledo, a widely respected advocate for gender equality policies, as his vice presidential candidate. Petro’s platform was the only one to promote progressive priorities such as eliminating sales tax on feminine hygiene products, supporting the LGBTQ community, and phasing out Colombia’s reliance on oil and gas. He...

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