Latin America and the Caribbean

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Large populations of women, afro-descendants, indigenous peoples, migrants, people with a disability and the LGBTI community risk experiencing disproportionate levels of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination in Central America. Being LGBTI is the first cause of discrimination in countries like Costa Rica. Despite the existence of national legal frameworks and the creation of various institutions to ensure that these groups exercise their rights, the enforcement of laws and regulations is weak.

 

Inclusive development in this region supports national authorities and civil society organizations in their efforts to protect and promote the rights of groups living in vulnerable conditions and to promote intercultural dialogue in disadvantaged areas. This is also done by assisting governments of the Central American region in the development of innovative public policies aimed at creating an inclusive society based on human rights, without barriers and in favor of the most disadvantaged population.

 

The focus of the inclusive policy projects in the region are around gender equality; the inclusion of young parliamentarians in public policy; access to the justice system for Afro-descendants; and the promotion of an LGBTI-inclusive higher education policy.  The following stakeholders have been engaged with: SICA, SISCA, ICAP, the Legislative Assembly in El Salvador, Costa Rica’s Judicial Power, the Commissioner for Afrodescendants in Costa Rica, the Costa Rican private sector through the AED Association, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and The Netherlands, among others.

 

 

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