Watch the fifth joint report by AQ and Efecto Naím, which examines educational spending in Latin America and its effects on social inequality.
Public schools are thought of as a great social equalizer, a way to make sure that students from all economic backgrounds have access to quality education. But in Latin America, public education funding, drawn from the taxes on all citizens, is disproportionately going to students from wealthier backgrounds.
The World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Team in Latin America and the Caribbean released a new report Wednesday, revealing that women’s growing participation in the labor force—and among low-income women in particular—was instrumental in reducing extreme poverty in the region. This comes just weeks after the release of the Summer Americas Quarterly on gender equality.
This month, the Centro Cultural y Museo de la Memoria (MUME) in Montevideo inaugurated a space to support its new digital inclusion initiative, “Memoria en Red” (“Memory in the Network”).
MUME, located in the former mansion of nineteenth century dictator Máximo Santos on the tree-lined Avenida de las Instrucciones, has operated for the last five years to commemorate Uruguay’s recent history of civil unrest and state repression, which culminated during Uruguay’s 1973-1985 civil-military dictatorship.
The “Memoria en Red” initiative supports MUME’s overall objective of promoting human rights and building links with the surrounding community, not only by educating the public about Uruguay’s past, but by giving new generations the tools they need to become human rights advocates in the present.
This year’s Festival of Brazilian Cinema in Brasília will open on September 17 with Márcio Curi’s “The Last Stop,” a film that represents a deepening creative and commercial partnership between Brazil and Lebanon after decades of Lebanese immigration to Brazil.
The Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) at the Organization of American States, together with the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), will jointly launch a photo contest to celebrate the OAS’ 50-year anniversary of elections observation in the Americas.
Both OAS electoral observers and members of the general public are invited to submit original, unpublished photos that capture the “essence of democracy” and to personally interpret what elections mean to them. The contest is open to both amateurs and professionals. However, electoral observers and members of the general public will be judged as separate categories.
Watch the fourth joint report by AQ and Efecto Naím, which analyzes the relationship between race and education in Brazil.
Brazil is a diverse country and an unequal one. That inequality begins in the school. Afro-Brazilian students attend consistently inferior schools in terms of infrastructure and security than their Caucasian-Brazilian counterparts. The same students underperform in national tests relative to their Caucasian-Brazilian fellow students.
This report looks inside Brazil’s education system and examines the intersection of racial and socio-economic factors such as the access to quality schools that have sustained this inequality. The report also explores what policymakers can do to improve the prospects for social mobility in Brazil.
Efecto Naím is a weekly television news program broadcast by NTN24 and hosted by international news commentator Moisés Naím, offers a unique insight into how our world is changing. The show airs Sunday evenings on channels in the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
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Gender Equality: Political Backrooms, Corporate Boardrooms and Classrooms – Americas Quarterly Summer Issue Launch
Friday, August 17 - Americas Society and Council of the Americas launched the Summer 2012 issue of Americas Quarterly, "Gender Equality: Political Backrooms, Corporate Boardrooms and Classrooms."
Panelists offered new perspectives on advances in gender equality across the region as well as the continuing challenges for women’s rights. As noted in the latest issue of AQ, despite impressive achievements in access to education and political representation, barriers for women remain across sectors.
Within Peru and outside, clashes between community leaders and mining companies have often been portrayed as the outcome of inevitable tension between satisfying global markets’ demand for natural resources and fulfilling the environmental and political rights of the communities where those commodities are found.
Yet framing it as such “misses one of the crucial elements that underlies the conflict,” writes AQ Editor-in-Chief and AS/COA Senior Director of Policy Christopher Sabatini. In a piece published Friday by CNN’s Global Public Square, Sabatini argues that local governments have an important role to play in managing and directing the revenues generated by mining activities to meet social demands.