International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Español, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Peru, Regional, Spanish
While commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, we remember the unmet obligation of all countries, especially those in Latin America and the Caribbean, to support persons with diverse sexual identities and gender expressions, as well as to acknowledge and protect their rights. Respect for these rights must be the base for creating public policies and programs that create diverse, peaceful, and just societies. Although there has been considerable progress in the recognition of LGBTI rights for people around the globe, violence that endangers the physical and moral integrity of those who express diverse sexual orientations or gender identities is still prevalent. A general lack of concern and complicity on the part of the general population perpetuates and makes it impossible to overcome structural violence against LGBTI people.…
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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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LGBTI human rights promoted in Miami’s Ward 4

LGBTI human rights promoted in Miami’s Ward 4

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Español, Peru, Regional, Spanish
Washington, DC, February 19, 2019 – Over the course of three days, tens of leaders, defenders, and activists from the LGBTI community on the American continent met in the 4Ward Miami event organized by 4Ward America to share their experiences [and] knowledge and search for opportunities to connect through different activities. More than 30 speakers participated in the event, held February 16-18, who spoke about the state of LGBTI persons in their respective countries vis-à-vis various topics.  Public officials also participated, such as Fabrice Houdart, a United Nations Human Rights Officer; Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada in Miami; and Congressman David Richardson, a Florida Representative in the United States House of Representatives. The International Institute of Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality), in addition to being the…
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Gender- and race-based micro-aggressions perpetrated against Afro-trans women

Gender- and race-based micro-aggressions perpetrated against Afro-trans women

Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, English, Español, Peru, Regional, Spanish
Washington, DC, February 12, 2019 – Within the framework of a series of training processes put forward by the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality), the second encounter of the dialogue ‘Why Speak About Afro-LGBTI?’ was held on February 12, 2019 in the city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic with more than 60 activists and human rights defenders participating, primarily Afro-LGBTI persons, from Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic who were convened by the organization Trans Siempre Amigas [Trans Always Friends] (TRANSSA). [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="5323" img_size="large"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] This second dialogue space, moderated by Christian King of TRANSSA, began with a focus on the discrimination experienced by the Afro-trans activist Belén Zapata, a member of the Afro-Peruvian youth organization Ashanti, in the process…
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