On International Women’s Day, Race and Equality Honors the Work of Women Human Rights Defenders

On International Women’s Day, Race and Equality Honors the Work of Women Human Rights Defenders

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, LGBTI, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Regional
To mark March 8, International Women’s Day, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) wishes to highlight the fundamental role played by women human rights defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean. In a region where rates of sexual and gender-based violence against women are extremely high and multiple forms of discrimination are entrenched, women human rights defenders are key in the fight for the defense of women’s human rights. Likewise, they are at the vanguard of promoting and protecting the rights of others. Although the vast majority of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW),[1] women in the region continue to suffer inequalities that negatively impact their full enjoyment…
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Race and Equality joins Mexico’s #AfroCensoMX Census campaign

Race and Equality joins Mexico’s #AfroCensoMX Census campaign

English, Mexico
Washington, D.C. March 6, 2020. As Mexico prepares to include the self-identification question for its Afro-descendant population for the first time in its 2020 census, various Afro-Mexican organizations have launched the campaign “#AfroCensoMX”, which seeks to encourage all black, Afro-Mexican and Afro-descendant people living in Mexico to resoundingly say “Yes” to self-identification in the 2020 census later this month. The campaign is being promoted by the Mexican organization COPERA (the Collective to Eliminate Racism in Mexico), with the backing of the Kellogg Foundation and the support of various civil society organizations in Mexico. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight the significance of self-identification for the Afro-Mexican population, which will allow for accurate statistics to be documented on population head count, density, location and living conditions, and will help…
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Race and Equality – on the occasion of its fifth anniversary – holds reception acknowledging Mexico’s ratification of the Inter-American Conventions against Racism and against Discrimination

Race and Equality – on the occasion of its fifth anniversary – holds reception acknowledging Mexico’s ratification of the Inter-American Conventions against Racism and against Discrimination

English, Mexico, OAS, OAS, OEA
Washington, D.C., February 19, 2020. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) recognized the United Mexican States for its ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance and the Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, during a reception held this past February 13 at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA). The event also marked Race and Equality’s fifth anniversary of working for human rights in the Americas and featured the presence of the diplomatic mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS). The reception gathered together various ambassadors and representatives of OAS Member States with members of DC-based NGOs. It also featured the participation of Luz Elena Baños, the illustrious Ambassador of Mexico…
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Mexico ratifies Inter-American conventions against racism and discrimination

Mexico ratifies Inter-American conventions against racism and discrimination

English, Mexico, OAS
Washington, D.C. January 22, 2020. Yesterday, the Diplomatic Mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS) deposited an instrument of ratification to the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance with the Secretary General of the OAS , thus advancing its commitments to eliminate, prevent, prohibit, and sanction all acts and forms of discrimination and intolerance within Mexico. Additionally, the State of Mexico also ratified the Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance. Because Mexico is the second OAS Member State to ratify this Convention, it will now enter into force in the region.  The deposit of both instruments was carried out this Tuesday morning by the Ambassador of Mexico to the OAS, Luz Elena Baños, and the Director General for Human…
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Human Rights Day: We Remain Committed to the Defense of Human Rights in Latin America

Human Rights Day: We Remain Committed to the Defense of Human Rights in Latin America

Dominican Republic, English, Mexico, Nicaragua, Regional
Washington, D.C. December 10, 2019. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights today joins the celebration of International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. Seventy-one years after the approval of the document that marked a milestone in the recognition of the inherent rights of all human beings, establishing that they should be respected without distinction as to race, color, religion, sex, language, political opinions, origin, or any other condition, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality)continues to advocate for the compliance with and defense of said Declaration. On this day, we remember that the human rights situation in Latin America is critical, and therefore, urgent action by the States is…
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