Summit Of Women Of African Descent Opens In Nicaragua

hdSome 270 women from 220 countries gathered in Managua, Nicaragua over the past weekend to launch a political platform that addresses discrimination against people of color.

At the end of the three day meeting, the women participants and representatives of over 400 black women’s organizations adopted a political strategy, timed to coincide with the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

“We hope that future generations of African descent have a dignified life on an equal footing with the rest of the people of the continent,” said the general coordinator of the Network of Women Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and the Diaspora (RMAAD), Dorotea Wilson.

Wilson underscored that the political platform addressed issues of health, education, environment, protection of women of African descent, poverty reduction, among others.

According to statistics produced by the Women’s Network, people of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and the Diaspora, and African descent account for 30 percent of the population in Latin America. Half are women.

Rachel Dixon, deputy for the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast, welcomed the holding of the summit in Nicaragua, to highlight progress in restoring the rights of black women in the Central American country.

The First Meeting of Women of African Descent was held in Dominican Republic. It works to influence national and regional policies in favor of a united and non-discriminatory society without violence.

Cuban women also took part in the organization, especially in the field of human rights of people of African descent. The Network seeks to reach all territories where black women are resident.

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