#VenezuelaMigrates: Civil Society Organizations launch Plan of Action to protect migrants and refugees from Venezuela

#VenezuelaMigrates: Civil Society Organizations launch Plan of Action to protect migrants and refugees from Venezuela

Brazil, Colombia, English, IACHR, OAS, Panama, Peru, Spanish, UN
WASHINGTON, DC. November 16, 2018.- Since the beginning of the year, The International Institute of Race, equality and Human Rights, as part of the organizations belonging to the Venezuelan Human Mobility Group, have been following the with great concern  the human rights situation of migrants and refugees forced to leave Venezuela. As a result, we called for a concerted regional response on August 22. This was followed up on September 19 with an initial blueprint that could support this work. Despite efforts made so far, national and international spaces continue to require greater efficiency and coordination in their regional response to the crisis. To date, there is still little clarity throughout the continent on the best protocols to respond the needs of three million migrants and refugees from Venezuela, in…
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October 26: International Intersex Awareness Day

October 26: International Intersex Awareness Day

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Spanish, UN
Within the framework of International Intersex Awareness Day, the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) calls for an end to the discrimination, exclusion, torture, patholization, unnecessary medicalization, and ‘invisibilization’ of intersex persons and their families in the region.  In this sense, Race & Equality reminds [people] that intersex persons are those whose sexual anatomy does not physically adjust to culturally-defined standards for the ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ body.  Having said that, what does that actually mean?  We set forth some questions and answers below so as to best approach this issue: Is intersexuality the same as hermaphroditism? No.  Although in the cultural imagination hermaphroditism is associated with the figure in Greek literature that has external sexual characteristics associated with the presence of a penis, a vulva,…
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GATHERING OF ELECTORAL CANDIDATES IN PANAMA AND THE AFRO-PANAMANIAN POPULATION

GATHERING OF ELECTORAL CANDIDATES IN PANAMA AND THE AFRO-PANAMANIAN POPULATION

English, Panama, Spanish
On September 9, 2018, Afro-Panamanian candidates to elective office in Panama participated in the Gathering of Afro-Panamanian Candidates, a collective space that sought to sensitize candidates’ political participation based on the recognition of their ethnic, historical, and cultural identity.  In addition, this encounter was conceived of as a space for dialogue and reflection between the politicians and the community in general on the sociopolitical dynamics faced by Afro-Panamanians, and the possibilities for including and acting upon proposals that respond to the needs of this population. Gerardo Maloney, the event organizer, feels that this activity, as a strategy for approaching and sensitizing the community and candidates who self-identify as Afro-Panamanians, becomes a great opportunity for work that is discussed, collaborative, participatory, and democratic: essential aspects for decreasing the gap [created] by…
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International Bisexuality Day: A Day to Remember the Sexual Diversity that Comprises and Complements Our Society

International Bisexuality Day: A Day to Remember the Sexual Diversity that Comprises and Complements Our Society

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Spanish, UN, United Nations
Washington, September 22, 2018 – Each year since 1999, International Sexuality Day is commemorated on September 23rd: a day to remember the sexual diversity that comprises and complements our society, as well as the urgent need to continue working for the recognition of the rights to individual liberty, autonomy, and identity of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, and especially the assertion and recognition of the rights of bisexual persons. To that end, we applaud with appreciation the recent press communiqué on International Bisexuality Day issued jointly by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and experts from the United Nations: we believe that these types of statements are essential in the fight against the ‘invisibilization’ of the barriers and discrimination that impact bisexual persons and provide concrete data that…
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ECLAC monitors the 2020 Panama Census process and the participation of its Afro-descendant population

ECLAC monitors the 2020 Panama Census process and the participation of its Afro-descendant population

Afro-descendant, English, Panama, United Nations
Washington, D.C. August 25, 2018. The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), together with the National Secretariat for Afro-Panamanian Development (SENADAP), arranged for the participation of Fabiana Del Popolo, Demography Coordinator at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE), in a meeting of the Afro-Descendant Technical Group. The meeting was designed to provide support to and empower members of the Afro-Descendant Technical Group. A working table meeting held on August 22, 2018 at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in City of Knowledge, Clayton, Panama, was convened by SENADAP Director Urenna Best. The meeting also included the participation of Joyce Morris of the National Institute for Statistics and Census’ (INEC) Population and Housing Section, and…
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