Ending violence against women is a men’s issue too

 

By: Mauricio Vivero, CEO, Seattle International Foundation

Published on Humanosphere on November 25, 2013.  

There, I said it. Ending violence against women is a men’s issue too. And if we’re looking to eliminate gender-based violence on a global scale, it’s about time we recognize it.

The United Nations declared today as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This doesn’t mean much unless men – part of the problem – become part of the solution.

As men, we need to understand that violence against women is really just the end product of a long cycle. We also need to acknowledge that men are the perpetrators of this violence. It is the historically unequal power relations between men and women which have contributed greatly to this problem.

Unfortunately, we aren’t taught to think about it in this way. For many, it is difficult to understand what gender-based violence is and why it happens. The media feeds us news about cases of women being beaten, raped or assaulted. But unless it directly affects us or our loved ones, we go back to our daily lives, and the root problems of violence go unaddressed.

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Indigenous women fall through the cracks in Latin America

 

According to a new report release by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Eclac), indigenous women in Latin America continue to face great institutional discrimination and difficult access to employment as compared to indigenous women in other parts of the world.

The report was presented to a group of over 180 women representing indigenous groups in Asia, Africa, and Australasia. The study breaks up indigenous women in Latin America into two groups, those living in urban centers and those living in rural areas.

When combined with endemic poverty rates, women in rural areas were twice as likely to die from childbirth. In Puno, Guatemala, an area populated by indigenous Quechua and Aymara the rate rose by an additional 45 percent in 2011.

Access to education improved dramatically as compared to the year 2000 where about 50 percent of indigenous youth, both girls and boys, were not in the education system at all.

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Key leaders convene in Washington to advance development in Central America


IDB and SIF bring together government officials, funders and regional experts to discuss collaboration

Washington, D.C. – More than 150 donors and development experts gathered at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters on Friday to discuss successful models and opportunities for collaboration and co-investment in Central America.

The Central America Donors Forum, organized by the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and the IDB, brings together key representatives from government, philanthropy, civil society and the private sector to align grantmaking and investment strategies in the region. Click here for the forum agenda and a list of speakers and attendees. 

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