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Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean Women in Democracy
On July 25, we celebrate International Afro-Latin, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women's Day. The date was created in recognition of the struggle and resistance of black women against gender oppression, racism, and class exploitation.

The legacy of slavery has built a society structured on racism and patriarchy. Occupying the bottom of the social pyramid, black women have access to the lowest wages and levels of education, while they have the highest figures as victims of violence. The frequent dehumanization of black women includes eroticizing their bodies, abandoning them emotionally, and excluding them from many civil and social rights. More than 20 years after the date was established, the situation in Brazil and Latin America remains worrying.

Marielle Franco's case is a striking example of extreme political violence, and it is part of a racist and sexist reality that not only affects Brazil, but also a regional context.

Therefore, Race and Equality aims to denounce current frameworks of racism and political violence that restrict freedom of expression as well as to promote a dialogue and exchange of experiences between activists and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our speakers are invited to share their experiences and talk about how political gender violence affects the effectiveness of democracy in their countries.

- Partner organization: Latin America Working Group

Jul 14, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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