Violence against women is a pervasive reality in the Americas. While the state has a primary responsibility in providing protection to women, what role do regular citizens play in the normalization of gender violence?
A #SanctuaryCampus movement has taken hold across U.S. universities. By collectively supporting and providing a voice to undocumented students’ fears and demands, a new process of inclusion is taking shape.
Guatemalan civil society has helped to usher in the peace after decades of civil war. But the flood of international funding, institutional and individual jealousy and the stubborn refusal of older leaders to yield to a new generation are hampering its effectiveness for new challenges.
Si bien mucho ha cambiado en Guatemala del siglo XX a esta parte, hay algo que parece quedar siempre igual: el rol de los indígenas en la sociedad. Pero en un país donde casi la mitad de la población es indígena, ¿qué explica la persistente exclusión social de estos grupos?
In a country where Maya represent over half the population, but have suffered political, social and legal exclusion, a group of Mayan lawyers and notaries are quietly challenging traditional law and re-shaping the role of Maya communities.
The “golden decade” of Latin American economic growth and social mobility was not shared equally by indigenous groups. Unfortunately, all the World Bank can offer as an answer is the notion of “development with identity.” What?
A week before the Donors’ Summit in San Salvador I was able to catch up with Kathy Hall of the Summit Foundation. In a wide-ranging interview she discusses the failures of governments in Central America to provide for the younger generation, the need for the U.S. to condition its assistance to local governments meeting their own commitments, and the moral obligation of donors to collaborate and ensure greater transparency.
Despite the shrinking size of their community over the years due to emigration, Cuba’s remaining Jews have done their best to sustain their ritual and community spaces. Reforms in the 1990s allowed outsiders to visit on religious grounds, including visits, cultural exchanges and support from American Jews. As small as the Cuban community is today, it was, and is, sustained in many ways by the support of those abroad. Their story points to the importance of contact across borders—embodied in the recent U.S.-Cuba changes—and how it builds and sustains the values of tolerance and pluralism.