Wednesday, June 29

“In Colombia, jealousy drives us crazy”: Bogotá’s novel initiative to help men avoid sexist violence

  • Daniel Pardo
  • BBC Mundo correspondent in Colombia

Bogotanos who called Calma

Image source, Bogota City Hall

“Welcome to Calma, the listening line for men,” says a male voice, soft, slow. “We are here to listen and guide you,” he adds.

Minutes later, an official from the Bogotá Mayor’s Office, an expert in psychology, answers to attend to the anguish of some men in the Colombian capital.

Almost 2,000 men have called the line in 10 months of existence. And about 200 of them have taken advantage of the 10 free personalized sessions to which they are entitled, just to be willing to examine their macho emotions, thoughts and attitudes.

“I was becoming the macho that I never wanted to be,” Alex Rodríguez, a 31-year-old from Bogota, baker and artist tells BBC Mundo.

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