Latin America is home to an estimated 150 million people of African descent—approximately 30 percent of the region’s total population. Despite their numbers, Afro-descendants are routinely subject to racial discrimination, social exclusion, and under-representation in government.
Global Rights has operated a Latin America program for over 30 years, and during this time, we have worked in more than ten countries across the region to promote individuals’ civil and political rights. Since 2001, our activities concentrate on advancing racial and ethnic equality for Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples—a unique focus among international human rights organizations. We work now with local Afro-descendant partner organizations in Brazil and a wide array of organizations and networks throughout the region to address discrimination.
Although Afro-Brazilians comprise an estimated 50 percent of the population, racism in Brazil remains pervasive. Our work in Brazil focuses on two objectives: increasing civil society participation at the Organization of American States (OAS)—particularly the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights—and increasing civil society's participation at the United Nations, such as the UN Committee that oversees the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), through
advocacy training, technical assistance, and strategy sessions.
Mulheres Negras e o Trabalho Domestico no Brazil 2012 | Português
Saude da Mulher Negra: Guia Para a Defensa dos Dereitos das Mulheres Negras 2012 | Português
Manual de Procedimentos no Sistema Interamericano de Direitos Humanos- Guia Prático para ONGs (2008) Portuguese
*Photo by Ricardo Angulo
NEWS & EVENTS
On the Blog: Domestic Workers Deserve Protection »
Global Rights' LGBTI Researcher, Adam Frankel, writes guest blog post for Americas Quarterly: Afro-LGBT Advocates Lead the Struggle for Equality in Brazil »
Global Rights Conducts Trainings for Local Partners to Advocate for Afro-descendant Rights in Brazil »
On the Blog: Reports Don't Just Sit on Shelves »
Global Rights and Brazilian Partner, The Articulação de ONGs de Mulheres Negras Brasileiras (AMNB), Present Shadow Report at the United Nations »
Photo of the Week: Brazil
Video: Carlos Quesada, Global Rights' Latin America Program Director, speaks at the OAS. View video here! (Spanish) »
Global Rights' Carlos Quesada Speaks About Discrimination Afro-Descendants Face in Latin America at UN Organized Event. Click here to read more! »
IMPACT IN THE FIELD
Learn about the work that Global Rights’ partners are doing on the ground with the help of our training and technical assistance »