SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD AND INCLUDED! Today We Commemorate the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women

SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD AND INCLUDED! Today We Commemorate the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women

Afro-descendant, Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Peru, Spanish
July 25 marks the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women. The commemorative date was established in 1992 after a meeting in the Dominican Republic of more than 400 women from diverse Latin American countries, where they analyzed the consequences of racism and sexism in the region. The meeting also provided a space for attendees to articulate joint actions and remember historic struggles to combat these issues. On this day we remember that the fight to bring down the humiliations caused by discrimination, poverty, and violence is ongoing. Participatory spaces are closed off because of racist and discriminatory logic against women and Afro-descendants which prevail. Women from the region continue to be the victims of a hostile war committed to condemn their voices and their chants, to violate their…
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The Human Rights Situation of Afro-descendants in Latin America Presents a Scenario Full of Discrimination and Collective Violence

The Human Rights Situation of Afro-descendants in Latin America Presents a Scenario Full of Discrimination and Collective Violence

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, English, OAS, Peru
On June 4, The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) held a panel conversation on the “Human Rights Situation of Afro-descendants in Latin America” as a side event to the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States. The dialogue featured Afro-descendant leaders and experts from Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru, and sought to present the circumstances of Afro-descendant populations’ rights in the region, and the collaborative work that each country has been doing on these situations. Washington Office on Latin America President Matthew Clausen opened the dialogue with some introductory remarks. WOLA has been carrying out international efforts with other Afro-descendant organizations seeking to protect Afro-descendant rights in the Americas and has also recently been…
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National Network of Black LGBT Persons in Brazil and the National Forum for Black Transgender Persons (FONATRANS) Denounce Violence Against LGBTI Afro-Brazilians Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

National Network of Black LGBT Persons in Brazil and the National Forum for Black Transgender Persons (FONATRANS) Denounce Violence Against LGBTI Afro-Brazilians Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Brazil, English, IACHR, Race and Equality
Representatives of the National Network of Black LGBT Persons in Brazil, the National Forum for Black Transgender Persons (FONATRANS), and the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights presented a report on violence against the black LGBTI community during the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ public hearing “Complaints of Violence against Afro-descendant LGBTI Persons in Brazil,” which took place during the Comission’s 161st period of sessions on March 22, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Janaina Oliveira and Washington Dias, both members of the Coordinating Committee of the National Network of Black LGBTI Persons in Brazil, and Alessandra Ramos, National Coordinator of the National Forum for Black Transgender Persons, as well as Carlos Quesada, Executive Director the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, presented extra-official data that showed a sharp increase…
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Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants and against Racial Discrimination, Visits Brazil with the Support of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants and against Racial Discrimination, Visits Brazil with the Support of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Brazil, English
Washington, D.C., October 17, 2016. Recognizing the important work that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) carries out through its various rapporteurships, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights sponsored a promotional visit to Brazil this September 27-30 for Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afrodescendants and against Racial Discrimination. The purpose of the visit was to collect information regarding the situation of violence faced by Afro-Brazilian women and to promote the work of the both rapporteurships. The visit was made possible in coordination with our Brazilian partners: Geledes – Instituto da Mulher Negra, from São Paulo; Criola, from Rio de Janeiro; as well as the Articulação de Organizações de Mulheres Negras do Brasil (AMNB) through the Odara…
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International Day for the Fight against Homophobia and Transphobia

International Day for the Fight against Homophobia and Transphobia

Brazil, Colombia, English
On May 17, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is celebrated around the world. Despite progress with legislation in Latin America, including the recently approved marriage equality law approved this past April in Colombia—part of a larger trend of marriage equality rights achieved in other countries within the region—and breakthroughs such as the recognition of gender identity and laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, much remains to be done to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, especially in English-speaking Caribbean countries, where laws continue to criminalize consensual relationships between individuals of the same sex. Today, May 17, the Gay Group of Bahia, Brazil, an organization which monitors violence against LGBTI people (and those who are perceived as such), have…
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