The first UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean, will officially award its young laureate, Karen Nathalia Cerón Steeven, on 29 October 2013 during a ceremony that will take place at UNESCO’s Headquarters, in parallel with the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum.
The UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, will reward with the UNESCO Juan Bosch Prize and for the first time a 25 year-old young researcher from Colombia.
Selected by an international jury (Saskia Sassen, Netherlands; Rolando Cordera, Mexico and Juan Luis Cebrián, Spain), Karen Nathalia Ceron Steevens, was designated as the 1st laureate of this prize at the end of 2012 in recognition of her essay “¿Hijos de la Guerra o Huérfanos del Estado? Un estudio de la violencia juvenil representada en las maras, bajo las características particulares del Estado y del contexto guatemalteco” (Sons of war or orphans of the state? A study of youth violence represented in “Maras” gangs, within the characteristics of the state and the Guatemalan context) which addresses youth violence in Central America.
Ms Cerón Steevens’ essay is, in fact, her written thesis presented during her international and political studies in “Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Seriora del Rosario”, an University in Bogotá (Colombia).
Established in 2009 by UNESCO’s Executive Board, the UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize consists of US$10,000 and a diploma which will be awarded every two years.
The prize is named after the eminent author, politician, social analyst and fervent advocate of democratic values and a culture of peace, whose work made a remarkable contribution to the study of social and political processes in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. In line with this legacy, the prize rewards young researchers, who contribute to reinforcing the links between research in the social sciences and public policies. It also seeks to motivate young researchers and to encourage intellectual exchange and dialogue in Latin America and the Caribbean.