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“Keeping it to Themselves” and the Defense of Homophobia

April 5, 2013
Jamaicans often purport, in defense of their homophobia, that as long as gays and lesbians keep “it” to themselves, they have no problem with homosexuality.
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La historia de una mujer valiente

March 18, 2013
Este mes se observó el día internacional de la mujer, ocasión propicia para conocer la historia de una mujer emprendedora que ha tenido que afrontar una serie de dificultades y retos para lograr sacar adelante a sus cuatro hijos.
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Brazil Approves Bill on Affirmative Action in Higher Education

August 10, 2012
This week, the Brazilian Senate approved a bill that regulates the system of social and racial quotas in public universities. It is expected that President Dilma Rousseff will sign the bill into law.
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AQ Video: Poverty, Exclusion and Violence Reduce Opportunities for Guatemala's Youth

August 7, 2012
In conjunction with the release of Guatemala, a country of opportunities for youth?, the UNDP takes an in-depth look at the myriad of challenges faced by the country's next generation. Video used with permission from the UNDP. (en Español)
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Brazil’s Supreme Court Approves Racial Quotas

May 4, 2012
A 10–0 decision by Brazil’s Supreme Court, O Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) on April 26 was a landmark verdict for Brazil’s Afro-descendant population.
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Hundreds of Indigenous March in Paraguay

April 20, 2012
Some three hundred representatives of Paraguay’s Indigenous peoples demonstrated in the capital city of Asunción yesterday, marking the Day of the American Indigenous and demanding access to education, health and ancestral lands.
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Ahead of the Summit: An Afro-Colombian Letter to Obama

April 13, 2012
We're not going to complain or request solutions. Welcome to Colombia, a country that in the last past 200 years has tried to align itself to your ideals of liberty and equality, with more or less mediocre results.
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Racial Inclusion and Dilma Rousseff’s Washington Agenda

April 10, 2012
In both countries, organizations concerned with racial equality hope that the conversation between the two presidents helps to renew efforts for Plan JAPER, a joint-country effort to combat racism.
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AQ Slideshow: La Transformación de Ecosistemas Amazónicos

March 28, 2012
La minería aurífera ilegal nos deja un paisaje lúgubre, producto de operaciones que degradan y transforman los ecosistemas amazónicos. Así mismo, organizan la sociedad alrededor de puestos de trabajo en condiciones deplorables. Parte de este negocio también corrompe los asentamientos aledaños ya da lugar a un ambiente de desgobierno.
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La Minería Informal en la Amazonía

March 19, 2012
En la Amazonía Peruana, las áreas naturales protegidas buscan salvaguardar que los ríos, bosques, hábitats de especies animales y de comunidades nativas; puedan perpetuarse en el perfecto equilibrio de los ecosistemas amazónicos.
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Adiós a Domitila Chungara, Una Héroe para los Derechos de las Mujeres

March 15, 2012
El martes 13 pasado murió una mujer de roble que en 1978 inició una huelga de hambre que acabó con la dictadura de siete años del Gral. Hugo Bánzer Suárez en Bolivia.
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International Women’s Day: Progress in the Caribbean

March 8, 2012
Today is the 101st observation of International Women’s Day, a time to shine the global spotlight on the economic, political and social achievements of women
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Americas Society Releases White Paper on Political Participation and Social Inclusion

March 8, 2012
At the end of February, Americas Society released a white paper titled Political Representation & Social Inclusion: A Comparative Study of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Guatemala as a part of its Social Inclusion Program.
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Americas Society Releases White Paper on Youth Market Access

March 8, 2012
At the end of February, Americas Society released a white paper titled Bringing Youth into Labor Markets: Public-Private Efforts amid Insecurity and Migration as a part of its Social Inclusion Program.
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UN Achieves Millennium Development Goal

March 7, 2012
The United Nations has already met one of its Millennium Development Goals (MDG) ahead of the 2015 deadline: access to safe drinking water.
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UN Report Highlights Crime Problem in the Caribbean

February 29, 2012
The UN Development Program (UNDP) is doing a commendable job of highlighting these devastating effects, in part through its recent publication of “Caribbean Human Development Report 2012: Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security.”
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En Guatemala, Una Mujer Maya Defiende los Derechos Humanos

February 28, 2012
A través del hemisferio occidental, activistas ciudadanos fuera del sector público luchan cotidianamente por los derechos humanos y una sociedad más justa e igual; en la comunidad maya guatemalteca, Aura Lolita Chávez es una lideresa que defiende los derechos de los pueblos mayas, y recién la entrevisté.
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AQ Slideshow: Salvador, the Afro-Brazilian Capital

February 27, 2012
The celebration of Brazil's diversity is on full display in the state of Bahia and its capital of Salvador – the nucleus of Afro-Brazilian culture. Here are some examples of Salvador’s unique qualities.
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Peru’s Development Minister Wraps Up Washington Visit

February 24, 2012
Peruvian Minister of Development and Social Inclusion Carolina Trivelli yesterday concluded a three-day visit to Washington DC during which she met with Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero, as well as other senior officials from the Departments of State, Education, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services.
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LAPOP Releases New Analysis on Education and Skin Color

February 21, 2012
The authors go on to say that "the negative relation between skin color and educational attainment occurs independently of class origin and other variables known to affect socioeconomic status."
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AQ Video: Sesame Workshop in Nahuatl (Part II)

February 14, 2012
"Plaza Sésamo" reaches out to traditionally marginalized Nahuatl communities by broadcasting a full episode in the Nahuatl language. Here is a clip, used with permission from Sesame Workshop.
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The Need for More Ethno-Racial Education in Brazil

February 9, 2012
Historically, contributions from Afro-Brazilians and Indigenous Brazilians have been minimized—if not distorted or outright erased—from the official historiography and from Brazilian classrooms.
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AQ Video: Stories of Inclusion from Caribbean Women

February 8, 2012
Learn more about opportunities and challenges for women in the CARICOM region, featuring Kerlin Charles from Grenada and Michelle Summer Williams from Guyana.
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AQ Video: Sesame Workshop Provides a First-Hand Account of a Mayan Village in Mexico

February 7, 2012
"Plaza Sésamo" profiles a Mayan school in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, and teaches viewers how to count to 10 in the Mayan language. Video used with permission from Sesame Workshop.
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Can Caribbean Regional Integration Facilitate Economic Growth?

February 7, 2012
Over 50 years of work have gone into facilitating and promoting regional integration in the Caribbean, but the 15-member regional bloc known as CARICOM (Caribbean Community) appears to be floundering.
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La Presencia de Mujeres en la Toma de Decisiones en Guatemala

February 6, 2012
Después de las elecciones generales realizadas en Guatemala en septiembre del año pasado y de la toma de posesión de esa autoridades electas el mes pasado, se ha constatado que la inclusión de más mujeres en puestos de toma de decisiones sigue siendo un reto tanto para las autoridades y una de las demandas del movimiento de mujeres en este país, pues los datos muestran nuevamente un estancamiento en el tema.
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Indigenous Protesters Continue to Block Pan-American Highway

February 2, 2012
For the second day in a row, Indigenous groups protesting mineral resource extraction and hydroelectric projects in Panama shut down parts of the Pan-American Highway yesterday.
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Brazil Needs to Invest in Ethnic Tourism

January 25, 2012
It may be one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse countries in the world, but Brazil has still not been awakened to its full tourism potential.
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AQ Video: Holistic Community Development in Central Brazil with Bunge Foundation

January 24, 2012
In the Brazilian state of Tocantins, learn about how Bunge Foundation—through a program called Integrated Community—is spurring sustainable territorial development both socially and economically.
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Caribbean Lags Behind U.S. in Broadening Sexual Rights

January 24, 2012
Any piece of legislation that addresses the issue of sex is bound to be met with controversy. This is only magnified in countries that promote policies that run against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) members of their population. Stakeholders like the Church, for instance, police morality by prohibiting any form of same-sex intimacy.
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AQ Video: Why Does Development Matter to Business?

January 20, 2012
In October 2011, USAID convened a forum of business leaders to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships and specifically why PPPs are integral for international development. Panelists included representatives from Merck, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation and Cargill.
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AQ Video: Infrastructure Development in Haiti

January 19, 2012
Learn about how financing and training from the World Bank is helping the poorest communities of Haiti better determine risk through infrastructure and urban planning as the country continues to rebuild.
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Peru Announces New Initiative to Combat Narcotrafficking

January 19, 2012
Yesterday Peru’s government shared plans to increase investment in social programs and infrastructure in the country’s impoverished center—a region with the world’s highest coca-leaf production.
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AQ Slideshow: Caciquismo y misoginia en Oaxaca impiden participación de las mujeres

January 18, 2012
Usando el ejemplo de una mujer oaxaceña, Evitelia Pacheco, vean cómo las mujeres en esta región mexicana han sido marginadas.
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AQ Slideshow: Navidad Guatemalteca

January 16, 2012
Las comunidades indígenas guatemaltecas celebraron Navidad con sus propios costumbres.
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El Gobierno de Otto Pérez Molina y la Representación de los Menos Favorecidos

January 13, 2012
Este 14 de enero, en Guatemala van a tomar posesión las nuevas autoridades quienes llevarán el rumbo del país. La población, como cada cuatro años, mantiene la esperanza de que las autoridades electas puedan responder a las principales demandas, especialmente de todos los sectores tradicionalmente marginados como el caso de los pueblos Indígenas y las mujeres.
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AQ Video: Sesame Workshop Explores Bolivia

January 13, 2012
"Plaza Sésamo" follows César, a young Bolivian, as he navigates his way through a La Paz marketplace. Video used with permission from Sesame Workshop.
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AQ Video: Expanding Access to Technology in the Dominican Republic

January 11, 2012
With partial funding from Cisco Systems, "Mujer en la Red" (Women on the Network) provides underprivileged young women in the Dominican Republic with access to the ever-growing Information and Communication Technology industry.
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The Challenges to Aspiring Afro-Brazilian Entrepreneurs

January 10, 2012
Brazil’s black community faces many social and political problems, but a lack of economic opportunities is what most prevents this population from climbing the income ladder.
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Jamaica’s New Prime Minister Brings Hope for the LGBT Agenda

January 6, 2012
This was a historic week in Jamaica. On Thursday, Portia Simpson-Miller was sworn in as prime minister following the victory of her People’s National Party (PNP) in the December 2011 parliamentary election.
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Las mujeres tejen esperanza en El Alto en Bolivia

January 3, 2012
El fin del Acuerdo de Preferencias Arancelarias entre Bolivia y Estados Unidos (ATPDA) dejó sin empleo a unas 120.000 personas vinculadas al sector textil. Pero las mujeres alteñas no se quedaron de brazos cruzados.
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AQ Video: Gay Rights Activism in the Caribbean

December 22, 2011
Gay rights activist Colin Robinson, from the Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO) in Trinidad & Tobago, talks about advocating for greater lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the Caribbean.
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Brazil’s Favelas Grow, Despite Economic Progress

December 22, 2011
A newly released report by Brazil’s Instituto Brasileiro de Geografía e Estadísticas (IBGE)—the state agency responsible for conducting the country’s census—found that the total number of Brazilians living in favelas has nearly doubled in the last five years to 11.4 million.
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Education and Opportunities for the Caribbean’s Disabled Youth

December 21, 2011
Unknown to many, the Caribbean is home to a relatively large population with the disabled accounting for approximately 10 percent of the region’s population, according to the World Bank.
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AQ Video: Sesame Workshop in Nahuatl

December 19, 2011
"Plaza Sésamo" reaches out to marginalized Nahuatl children, illustrating how to count to 11 in Nahuatl. Video used with permission from Sesame Workshop.
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La Navidad Guatemalteca, Delatando Las Desigualdades

December 16, 2011
Las fiestas de fin de año llegan a mediados de una época cuando nuestro país está convulsionando por el alto índice de violencia y con una realidad marcada por las injusticias sociales.
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Gay Father Overcomes Discrimination to Win Adoption Case in Colombia

December 13, 2011
If Burr was denied adoption solely because of his sexual orientation—after originally being granted parenthood in due legal process—discrimination is the only logical conclusion.
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Social Inclusion Case Study: Cisco Systems

December 12, 2011
Cisco Systems, the multinational consumer electronics and communications company, outlines some of its socially-inclusive initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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In Peru, New Cabinet Takes Office

December 12, 2011
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala presided yesterday over the swearing-in of a new cabinet after Prime Minister Salomón Lerner resigned on Saturday.
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In Jamaica, Educational Expectations for a Young Prime Minister

December 8, 2011
In October, Andrew Holness became the ninth prime minister of Jamaica, but also the youngest in its history and the first prime minister born post-1962 independence.
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