Colombian Women’s Day

To commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Policarpa Salavarrieta, a true heroine of Colombian independence, many observe Colombian Women’s Day on November 14th. A significant day in the history of the country, and indeed for women around the world, let’s take a closer look at the history behind Colombian Women’s Day.

What Is Colombian Women’s Day?

This day was established by the Congress of the Republic of Colombia in 1967, and although it is not a public holiday, many in Colombia know its significance and are taught about the plight of Salavarrieta.

She was a seamstress turned spy, working for the Revolutionary Forces at a time when the city of Bogota was flooded with Spanish Royalists. She used forged documents to enter Bogota and conspired with other revolutionaries.

She met with other patriots, some of them spies, and under the guise of being a servant, she managed to gain valuable information in the homes of royalists. After being captured by the Spanish in 1817, she was executed on November 14. 150 years later, the anniversary of her death was commemorated as Colombian Women’s Day. It acknowledges her contribution, and that of all women, to the independence of Colombia and its development.

How To Observe Colombian Women’s Day

One of the best ways to observe this day is to research the life of Policarpa Salavarrieta and that of other Colombian women who worked with revolutionary forces at the time. Indeed, it can be a chance to educate yourself and others about the significant Colombian women throughout history and share the knowledge on Colombian Women’s Day. Use the hashtag #ColombianWomensDay to reach more people and spread the word about this important date.

Where is it celebrated?
Colombia (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 14 Thursday
Next year (2025)
November 14 Friday
Last year (2023)
November 14 Tuesday