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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CERD Committee evaluates discrimination in Peru

CERD Committee evaluates discrimination in Peru

English, Peru, UN
Six states – Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Nepal, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden – had the current situation of human rights in their countries reviewed during the working session for the 95thCommittee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The Committee called its session into order this past April 23rd in Geneva, Switzerland, and discussed the human rights situation of Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Nepal, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden. The review of Peru took place on April 25th and 26th in a dialogue guided by Pastor Murillo Martinez, CERD Independent Expert and UN Rapporteur for Peru. After listening to opening remarks by the State, he shared general insight on the racial discrimination that currently affects the country. In his speech, Mr. Murillo congratulated the State for its steady economic growth as well as…
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VIDEO: Afro-Peruvian women present discrimination cases before the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

VIDEO: Afro-Peruvian women present discrimination cases before the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

English, OAS, Peru
Two afro-Peruvian women activists presented the current situation of racial discrimination they, and others in Peru live, to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) during its 95th session. Cecilia Ramirez of the Center for the Development of Black Peruvian Women (CEDEMUNEP) exposed the many challenges she faces, as well as giving a number of recommendations to the Committee in the video that follows: [video width="853" height="480" mp4="http://raceandequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CECILIA_RAMIREZ.mp4"][/video] Likewise, Azucena Algendones bared with the Committee her difficult experience of discrimination suffered in the workplace. The case is currently being processed in court, becoming the first public denouncement of its kind to undergo judicial processes in Peru. Despite the many challenges she faced in advocating for her rights – including the lack of mechanisms available to Peruvians to denounce…
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Inter-American Forum against Discrimination: Afro-descendant movement demands OAS member states to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against Racism and the creation of a Permanent Afro-descendant Forum at the OAS

Inter-American Forum against Discrimination: Afro-descendant movement demands OAS member states to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against Racism and the creation of a Permanent Afro-descendant Forum at the OAS

English, OAS, Peru, Spanish
The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), together with the Network of Afro-Latino, Caribbean and the Diaspora Women (Red de Mujeres) and the Center for the Development of Black Peruvian Women (CEDEMUNEP), hosted the Inter-American Forum against Discrimination on April 9, in preparation for the VIII Summit of the Americas being held in Lima, Peru. Over 60 activists from the region including from Mexico, Honduras, Cuba, Bolivia, Panama, Colombia, Uruguay, Brazil and Peru, exchanged experiences on the participation of afro-descendants in the Summit process, and in other activities at the Organization of American States (OAS). The objectives of the Forum were to promote the effective participation of afro-descendant organizations in the VIII Summit of the Americas, to better understand the situation of racial discrimination facing the…
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