Cultural Diversity as a Development Agent in Argentina
It was implemented in 2010 and 2011, and its main objective was to promote and disseminate the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (UNESCO, 2005)
Three different workshops were organized for the execution of this Project
- 2010 - Province of La Pampa: Workshop on “Cultural Diversity: An Opportunity to Build Discrimination-Free Cities / Diversidad Cultural: una oportunidad para construir ciudades libres de discriminación”
During September, 2010 the National Directorate of Cultural Policy and International Cooperation organized together with the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI, according to the Spanish acronym) in La Pampa, Santa Rosa (La Pampa) the 1st Workshop on “Cultural Diversity: An Opportunity to Build Discrimination-Free Cities.”
- 2011- Province of Salta and Province of Neuquen: Workshops on Cultural Diversity, Interculturality, Gender and Communication
During 2011, the National Directorate of Cultural Policy and International Cooperation agreed to carry out the projects jointly with the National Secretariat of Human Rights, specifically with the Directorate of Support to Social Actors for Citizen Development
Participative workshops were scheduled in the city of Tartagal (Salta) and Neuquen (Neuquen) to work on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions with local government officers, teachers and students, and artists and craftsmen of the region's indigenous communities.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure: Implementation of project with actors from the different communities in our country, considering the extension of our national territory. To strengthen this aspect, the directorate in charge established strategic partnerships with different national government agencies.
One of the most important results was the high participation at workshops, since the proposal reached several regions within the territory and, thus, hundreds of local community representatives, artists and public officers attended. It is worth mentioning that 70% of the attendees were women between 25 and 45 years old, representing 25 communities from indigenous populations.
This study, conducted together with State organizations, enabled a broader territory approach. Project dissemination and visibility were supported by graphic materials, trifold brochures and posters used to disseminate the principles of UNESCO's Convention and the actions implemented by the Directorate of Cultural Policy and International Cooperation of the Secretariat of Culture of Argentina., which after the workshops prepared an audiovisual presentation and edited a book on the project.