Race and Equality Recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Race and Equality Recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Panama, Peru
Message from Carlos Quesada – Executive Director Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Today, March 21st, we again commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In observing what is happening in the world and in our continent, I can only think about how discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and intolerance are gaining ground. They are highly present in the media, in politics, in our societies and in our daily lives. Fighting for the elimination of all forms of discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia, and intolerance is one of the fundamental pillars to promote social cohesion, the right to live, and diversity. I want to call attention to the fact that in our continent, only three countries have ratified the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Intolerance: Costa Rica, Uruguay,…
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International Women’s Day: WE ARE WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE AND ALL OF US ARE DIVERSE!

International Women’s Day: WE ARE WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE AND ALL OF US ARE DIVERSE!

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Peru, Regional, Spanish
On March 8, 2019, in commemoration of International Women’s Day, the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) remembers and stands with the struggle of all women throughout the world for recognition and guarantees of their rights. Despite the many efforts and clear progress made in the area of rights to improve the state of women in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially as regards the closure of gender gaps, and guarantee women’s real and effective access to health, education, employment, and political and economic participation, the huge challenge remains of overcoming the inequities that persist in virtually all spheres, particularly  when dealing with women who are racialized, ethnic, rural, or have diverse gender identities. According to the data provided by Michelle Bachelet, the current United…
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#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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