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February 24, 2015: Abortion and Reproductive Rights in Latin America: Implications for Democracy
By Inter-American Dialogue and Center for Reproductive Rights
Latin American countries have some of the most restrictive reproductive health laws and policies in the world, particularly with regard to abortion. In part this stems from not recognizing reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right. However, imposing legal restrictions on abortion does not reduce the likelihood that women will seek this reproductive health service. Instead, harsh laws compel women to risk their lives and health by seeking out unsafe abortions.

October 28, 2014: Brazil's Presidential Election: Interpreting the Results
By Marielle Coutrix
Brazil is the seventh-largest economy in the world and is increasingly a global player. On October 26, President Dilma Rousseff won a narrow victory over challenger Aécio Neves. What does a second term for Dilma mean for the future of Brazil and the US-Brazil relationship? Just days after the vote, the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the Inter-American Dialogue welcomed policy specialists to discuss what the results signal for Brazil's economy, Brazil's position on the global stage, and what to expect in 2015 and beyond.

October 24, 2014: What Are the Most Critical Issues Facing the Region's Women?
By Joan Caivano, Jacqueline Pitanguy, Maria de los Ángeles Fernández R.
Source: Latin America Advisor
For the second year in a row, people in Latin America are less likely to say they live in countries where women are treated with respect and dignity than people in any other region, according to a recent Gallup survey. A median of 35 percent of adults across 22 Latin American countries said women are treated with respect in their nations, about half as high as percentages in any other region, Gallup said, though the figure disguises wide differences between countries. How are women faring in Latin America, and what are the most important issues facing women in the region? Where has progress been made and how has that been achieved? What more needs to be done to promote gender equality?

October 1, 2014: Brasil, elecciones y clases medias
By Peter Hakim
Dialogue president emeritus Peter Hakim discusses the upcoming presidential election in Brazil and asserts the results will be decided by the country's middle class.

September 12, 2014: Building on Strengths, Collaborating on Challenges
By Mary Dempsey
Regional integration, social inclusion, and the need for a more competitive business climate in Latin America emerged as recurring themes at the XVIII Annual CAF Conference. Some 1,200 past and present government officials, lawmakers, diplomats, academics, economists, journalists, policymakers, and other participants gathered in Washington, DC, on September 3 and 4 to discuss the most pressing challenges and opportunities in the Western Hemisphere.

August 20, 2014: Cristina Lizardo, Dominican Republic's First Female Senate President
By Megan Cook
Source: Latin America Advisor
A profile of Cristina Lizardo, the Dominican Republic's first female Senate President

July 23, 2014: Santos' Second Term: What to Expect?
By Amanda Mitchell
On June 15th, President Santos defeated Oscar Iván Zuluaga after one of Colombia’s most intense campaigns in recent memory. Santos enters his second term hoping to finalize negotiations with the FARC and ELN to end the country’s 50 year-long conflict, to continue Colombia’s macroeconomic success, and to provide long-needed improvements in infrastructure and services. But with a strong opposition, led by former president Álvaro Uribe, the next four years are likely to pose significant challenges to Santos’ agenda.

July 9, 2014: What Should Be Done About Unaccompanied Child Migrants?
By Arturo Sarukhan, Dan Stein, Gretchen Kuhner, Robert N. Kaplan, Carlos Arrazola
Source: Latin America Advisor
The U.S. government says its agents have picked up some 52,000 unaccompanied children at the southern border this fiscal year, twice the 2013 number. Citing the high costs of dealing with the influx, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) last month suggested cutting off aid and repealing free-trade agreements with Mexico and Central American countries to spur them to do more, while other congressional leaders cast the issue as a humanitarian crisis. What is behind the spike in unaccompanied children crossing the border? What should the United States and countries of origin do about the situation? How seriously is the issue affecting relations between the United States and its neighbors?

June 11, 2014: DEBATE: Michelle Bachelet's Reform Agenda
By Celeste Castillejo
President Bachelet has started her term with an ambitious and controversial agenda that includes tax, education and constitutional reforms aimed at addressing the country’s inequality. The Dialogue hosted three experts to debate these and other issues.

June 10, 2014: Symposium on Reproductive Rights in Latin America
By Josh Manley
On June 10, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Reproductive Rights co-hosted the Symposium on Reproductive Rights to engage experts and policymakers on an important issue impacting women across Latin America.

June 9, 2014: Women and Politics in the Americas: Advances and Challenges
By Josh Manley
Despite making significant gains in Latin American government and politics, women in the region continue to face structural barriers that impede their full and equal participation in political life. On June 9th, the Dialogue and American University’s Washington College of Law co-hosted members of the Argentine Congress, City of Buenos Aires Legislature, and the NGO FairVote to discuss the challenges facing women who seek and hold political office in the Americas.

May 26, 2014: Se avecinan tormentas en la educación en América Latina
By Ariel Fiszbein
Source: El País
En El País, Ariel Fiszbein, director del Programa de Educación (PREAL), discute la reforma educativa en los países de América Latina. Aunque existen tensiones, argua Fiszbein, estas son extremadamente positivas y reflejan que la sociedad latinoamericana reconoce la importancia de la educación.

May 23, 2014: Women Rule South America
By Peter Hakim
Source: Diplomatist
In this May 23 Diplomatist article, Dialogue President Emeritus Peter Hakim analyzes the presidencies of Michelle Bachelet, Dilma Rouseff, and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. While it may be too early to speculate about their long-term legacies, their leadership engenders the questions: Would this be a more compassionate, more peaceful planet if more of it were ruled by women? Does a woman’s leadership makes a difference in the way a nation is governed?

December 4, 2013: A Conversation with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
By Humberto Galvan
The Dialogue’s Board of Directors met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos moments before his White House meeting with US President Barack Obama and ahead of the Board's biannual meeting. Members discussed the wide-ranging challenges facing Colombia and the region. The conversation was closed and off-the-record.

June 4, 2013: Measuring Latin America’s Commitment to Equality
By Estefania Ortiz
A discussion of the effectiveness of Latin American governments in reducing poverty and inequality. Are Latin American governments more committed to equality than in the past? Have their tax and spending policies improved? What policies and programs have been most effective in redistributing income? What more—or less—should governments be doing?

May 8, 2013: Latin American Women Rising
By Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado
Source: Polítca Exterior
Women in Latin America and the Caribbean have made tremendous strides towards achieving leadership in every sphere. Just over a decade ago, in 2000, the Inter-American Dialogue issued a report from a meeting of women political leaders that concluded, in Latin America and the Caribbean, “the highest circles of power still remain largely male dominated.”

May 8, 2013: Las mujeres de América Latina, al alza (PDF)
By Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado
Source: Polítca Exterior
En las últimas dos décadas, el avance de la participación política de las mujeres en América Latina ha sido espectacular. La región, sin embargo, registra las mayores tasas del mundo en violencia contra las mujeres y mortalidad maternal a causa de abortos ilegales.

April 24, 2013: Women and the Judiciary in the Americas: Leadership and Outcomes (PDF)
By Inter-American Dialogue, League of Women Voters, and International Association of Women Judges
We are pleased to present this report on women in judicial leadership in the Americas. In recent decades, women in Latin America and the Caribbean have made tremendous strides towards achieving leadership in every sphere and at the highest levels.

April 24, 2013: La Mujer y el Poder Judicial en las Américas: Liderazgo y Resultados (PDF)
By Inter-American Dialogue, League of Women Voters, and International Association of Women Judges
Nos complace sobremanera presentar un informe sobre la mujer en cargos de responsabilidad judicial en las Américas, elaborado en el marco de los grandes avances que durante las últimas décadas las mujeres de América Latina y el Caribe vienen concretando en todos los ámbitos y al más alto nivel.

April 5, 2013: Is Bachelet a Shoo-in for Another Presidential Term in Chile?
By Jorge Heine, Peter M. Siavelis, Kirsten Sehnbruch, Peter Winn, and Patricio Nava
Source: Latin America Advisor
Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced March 27 that she would run again for the country's presidency in the Nov. 17 election. Bachelet said that if elected to a second term in office, she would put income inequality at the top of her agenda. Is Bachelet, who still enjoys high approval ratings in Chile, a shoo-in for another term? Who will give Bachelet her toughest competition in the race? What issues are driving the campaign?

February 1, 2013: Latin America’s Inequality Success Story (PDF)
By Nora Lustig
Source: Current History
Inequality in Latin America has always been linked to the capture of the state by predatory elites, capital market imperfections, lack of access to credit for the poor, inequality of opportunities(in particular, in terms of access to high-quality education), labor market segmentation, and discrimination against women and non-whites.

August 29, 2012: Women’s economic contributions in Latin America and the Caribbean: policy recommendations for equity and growth
By Dana Preston
On Wednesday, August 29th the Inter-American Dialogue was pleased to hold an event to discuss the World Bank’s most recent study on gender in Latin America, "Smart Economics in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Multiplier Effect on Women’s Economic Power."

August 23, 2012: Structural change for equality in Latin America and the Caribbean
By Alicia Bárcena
Source: ECLAC
In 2010, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sent out a clear message to the region. We said that it was time for equality, which meant full entitlement to rights for everyone.

August 14, 2012: 25 Years Since the Esquipulas Agreement: Opportunities and Challenges in Central America
By Rachel Schwartz
On August 7, 1987 in Esquipulas, Guatemala, the presidents of five Central American countries signed an agreement to end the civil conflicts in the region and promote national reconciliation and democracy. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the agreements, distinguished speakers reviewed Central America’s progress toward realizing their aims and discussed the central challenges that remain. Former presidents Vinicio Cerezo of Guatemala and Oscar Arias of Costa Rica discussed the lead-up to the agreement and its legacy. The event also included a panel discussion featuring Eduardo Stein, former vice president of Guatemala; Michael Barnes, former chair of the House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs; Arturo Cruz, former ambassador of Nicaragua to the United States; and Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

July 26, 2012: The Public Debate Over Private Lives (PDF)
By Joan Caivano & Jane Marcus-Delgado
Source: Americas Quarterly
Every day, women across Latin America are terminating their pregnancies under illegal and unsafe circumstances. The number of unsafe abortions—which represent about 95 percent of the total—grew from 3.9 million in 2003 to 4.2 million in 2008, with the annual abortion rate holding steady during that period, at about 32 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages 15 to 44. That’s more than double the rate in Western Europe (12 per 1,000)—where abortion is generally permitted without exception.

July 26, 2012: Beyond Equal Rights
By Michelle Bachelet
Source: Americas Quarterly
Women’s political and economic participation strengthens democracy, equality and the economy. And while women’s empowerment and full participation in society are important goals in themselves, they are also vital for reducing poverty, achieving universal education, improving maternal and child health, and fulfilling other development goals.

June 20, 2012: Strengthening US-Latin America Ties: A Conversation with Senator Chris Coons and Congressman Xavier Becerra
By Jacob Weisenthal
On June 20, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), who led a congressional delegation to Colombia, Cuba, and Haiti earlier this year. The session took place in the Capitol Visitor's Center.

June 15, 2012: Sob o Manto Domestico
By Jacqueline Pitanguy
Source: O Globo
Durante séculos a violência contra mulheres exercida entre os muros da casa, por maridos e companheiros, conhecida como violência domestica , não tinha visibilidade publica nem era reconhecida como crime. As mulheres apanhavam no silencio do lar,entre tapas e beijos, no espaço emocional que , teoricamente, lhes traria segurança. Sendo esta uma violência de repetição, apanhavam com regularidade e frequentemente morriam assassinadas. Essa forma de violência se diluia na cumplicidade da sociedade ,“em briga de marido e mulher não se mete a colher”, e na ausência de acolhimento institucional às vítimas.

June 7, 2012: Globalization, Made in the Americas
By Robert Zoellick
Source: Remarks at the Dialogue's 30th Anniversary Gala
A new hemispheric partnership requires leaving old habits, old mindsets, and old models of dependency behind.

May 7, 2012: Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean (PDF)
By Manuel Orozco
Remittances grew 8 percent from 2010 to 2011, nearly returning to pre-recession, 2007 levels, according to a report just released by the Inter-American Dialogue. Prepared by Dialogue senior associate Manuel Orozco, “Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean” analyzes changes in the frequency and amount of remittances sent by Latin American migrants using available data and surveys Orozco conducted over the past decade.

May 7, 2012: Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean
By Sarah Cardona
On May 7, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a roundtable discussion on its new report, Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean.

May 1, 2012: Tendencias Futuras de las Remesas en América Latina y el Caribe (PDF)
By Manuel Orozco
Las remesas familiares aumentaran 8% entre 2010 y 2011, casi alcanzando niveles previos a la recesión de 2007, según un informe recién publicado por el Diálogo InterAmericano. “Futuras Tendencias en Remesas a Latinoamérica y el Caribe,” por Manuel Orozco, asociado principal en el Diálogo, analiza cambios en la frecuencia y la cantidad de envíos de dinero usando datos y encuestas de los últimos diez anos.

May 1, 2012: From Gender Blind to Gender Conscious: A Discussion on Gender Equity in Latin America
By Scott Odell
On Tuesday, May 1, the Inter-American Dialogue held a discussion on the World Bank’s most recent study on gender in Latin America, "Work and Family: Latin American and Caribbean Women in Search of a New Balance."

March 8, 2012: Reaching Out to Women: A Conversation with Vanda Pignato
By Amber Hodgen
On March 8, the Inter-American Dialogue held an exchange with El Salvador’s first lady and secretary of social inclusion Vanda Pignato—who led a discussion on the country’s imaginative approach to providing needed service to women.

February 22, 2012: Social Inclusion in Peru: A Conversation with Minister Carolina Trivelli
By Alexandra Solano
With only four months since its establishment, Peru’s Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS) is already setting itself up to reshape social policy in the region. Carolina Trivelli, head of the ministry, was at the Inter-American Dialogue on February 22 to discuss the plans and challenges of her new charge.

December 19, 2011: The Global Economic Crisis: Impact on Poverty in Latin America
By Kim Covington
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with the World Bank Poverty Reduction and Gender Group Sector Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, Louise Cord, on the impact of the global crisis on poverty and inequality in Latin America. Two questions guided the discussion—why poverty has continued to decline despite the crisis and what now has to be done to avoid losing ground to the economic uncertainty and slowdown in much of the region.Commentary was provided by Judith Morrison, the Inter-American Development Bank’s senior advisor for the Gender and Diversity Unit, and Jeffrey Puryear, vice president for Social Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue.

November 14, 2011: A Conversation with Michelle Bachelet
By Rachel Sadon
On November 14, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet on what has to be done to protect the world's vulnerable populations in this time of global economic downturn.

November 9, 2011: Digital Technologies: A Path to Improved Education and Health in Remote Communities
By Peter Hakim with Mariellen Jewers
As the use of personal computers became common, and education and health care seemed increasingly dependent on digital technologies, escalating alarms were heard about the prospect of a “digital divide.” The divide, it was feared, would compound existing technological backwardness and leave poorer countries, communities, and families further and further behind.

October 21, 2011: A Conversation with Josefina Vázquez Mota
By Alexandra Solano
According to Josefina Vázquez Mota, leading primary candidate for Mexico’s Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), the next nine months are not only going to shape the next six years in Mexico, but the rest of the 21st century.

October 20, 2011: Measuring Discrimination: Race and Data in Brazil
By Erick Marin
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on what Brazil’s new census data on race and class reveals about the changing situation of the country’s African descendant population. Marcelo Paixão, a distinguished Brazilian scholar and director of the University's Laboratório de Análises Econômicas, Históricas, Sociais e Estatísticas das Relações Raciais (LAESER) spoke on his pioneering work on race relations in Brazil.

October 14, 2011: The Mexican Diaspora Investment Partnership (PDF)
By Christian Reyes
The Dialogue hosted a discussion on the role of the Mexican diaspora in fostering investment and public-private partnerships in Mexico.

October 1, 2011: Poverty, Inequality and the Millennium Development Goals in Latin America and the Caribbean
By Nora Lustig
Evidence shows that poverty and inequality have dropped sharply in most of Latin America and the Caribbean in the past decade. Progress, however, is not uniform across the region, which remains impoverished and unequal with many education and health deficiencies. This paper will highlight progress and specific challenges in making progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, and recommend action to reduce poverty and inequality and promote education and health.

September 24, 2011: Pobreza, desigualdad y Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio en América Latina y el Caribe
By Nora Lustig
Tal como lo demuestran una serie de documentos oficiales y publicaciones académicas recientes, la región en su conjunto ha experimentado una reducción significativa de la indigencia, la pobreza y la desigualdad en la distribución del ingreso durante la década pasada. Asimismo, ha habido indudable progreso en materia de acceso a educación, salud e infraestructura básica así como en los indicadores de nutrición y salud. La región en su conjunto avanza a ritmo adecuado para el cumplimiento de un buen número de las metas planteadas en los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio.Sin embargo, amén de que el grado de progreso es heterogéneo y hay países claramente rezagados donde las metas probablemente no se cumplan. En este documento no se intentará hacer un análisis exhaustivo de todo lo pendiente en la agenda social sino de poner énfasis en algunos aspectos que requieren particular atención.

September 23, 2011: Managing Natural Disasters
By Lucy Conger, with research assistance from Cory Siskind
Like other developing regions, Latin America and the Caribbean is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. In the three decades between 1980 and 2010, some 4 million people a year in Latin America, on average, were disaster victims. Some lost their lives. Others endured injuries, property damage, and loss of income and jobs. 2010 was a particularly destructive year. The region suffered three-quarters of all disaster-related deaths worldwide, largely due to the Haitian earthquake, with its toll of some 230,000 lives. Only a few months later, the Chilean earthquake, the world’s costliest natural hazard that year, produced an estimated $30 billion in losses. As climate change accelerates, the frequency and intensity of natural disasters are likely to escalate further worldwide. The scientific evidence suggests that Latin America and the Caribbean will experience an increasing number of major disasters in the coming years.

August 25, 2011: What Roles Are Women Playing in Mexico's Drug War?
By Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Howard Campbell, Elaine Carey, and Elena Azaola
The number of women imprisoned for federal crimes in Mexico has soared by 400 percent since 2007, bringing the total number of women in prison past 10,000, The New York Times reported Aug. 13. What roles are women playing in the country's brutal drug trafficking war? How has their involvement changed in recent years? Is the increase merely a symptom of cartels' infiltration into Mexican life or are other factors contributing to the rise in women incarcerated for federal crimes?

March 9, 2011: Egypt’s Transition: Perspective from Latin America
By Danielle Nesmith
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation featuring Sergio Bitar, one of Chile’s most prominent political figures and a visiting senior fellow at the Dialogue. Bitar, who recently returned from a visit to Egypt, shared his impressions of the current situation there in light of Chilean and other Latin American transitions. The session took place on Wednesday, March 9.

July 15, 2010: Women still playing catch up
By Marifeli Pérez-Stable
Source: The Miami Herald
Women in Latin America have come a long way but aren't there yet. The legacy of Iberian colonialism, male-centered Catholicism and an undemocratic past all contributed to societies that subjugated women to men. Economic backwardness also compounded the unfriendly ambience for women in the region.

May 21, 2010: Cuba and Gender Equality: Is Progress Being Made?
By Carl-Henri Prophète
Since the Cuban Revolution serious progress has been made on womens issues in social and economic areas, but when it comes to political decision-making Cuban women are under-represented.

November 3, 2009: EVENT: Social Agenda for Democracy in Latin America
By Sarah Farnan
Latin America has made great strides toward democracy over the past 20 years, but a great deal still needs to be done in order to lift large groups out of poverty and improve the region’s institutions, a group of former Latin American leaders said.

May 1, 2009: La República Dominicana: Una democracia para vivir mejor (PDF)
By Pedro Wilfredo Lozano
La República Dominicana: Una democracia para vivir mejor relata el encuentro celebrado en la Antigua, del 5 al 7 de octubre de 2007, el segundodel proyecto, Diálogos nacionales sobre la democracia en América Latina, patrocinado por el Diálogo Interamericano y la Organización de los Estados Americanos.

April 25, 2009: Colombia: Two decades of the Constitution of 1991, Advances of representation and challenges of governance
By Landen Romei
The Inter-American Dialogue, in partnership with the Organization of American States (OAS) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Colombia (FESCOL), hosted the fourth national dialogue on democracy in Chinauta, Cundinamarca, Colombia on April 23-25, 2009. The workshop entitled, Colombia: Dos décadas de la Constitución de 1991, Avances de la representación y retos de la gobernabilidad, convened 15 distinguished Colombians representing political parties, civil society, academia, and the military.

February 4, 2009: US, Mexico Must Expand Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking
By Marifeli Pérez-Stable and Landen Romei
Source: Latin America Advisor
According to the International Labor Organization, there are 12.3 million people in forced labor and sexual servitude around the world. However, other non-profit organizations estimate that the number is closer to 27 million and growing, especially in Latin America. Since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, the United States has dedicated millions of dollars to protect victims of contemporary slavery worldwide.

January 23, 2009: Women Leaders in the Peace-Building Process
By Christina Lara
On Friday, January 23rd, a panel of four women leaders from Bolivia and Colombia discussed the role of women in promoting a culture of non-violence and peace-building in the region.

October 30, 2008: In Memóriam: A Emilia Luzárraga
By Marifeli Pérez-Stable
Source: Encuentro en la Red
Una cubana que dedicó su vida a la reconciliación nacional. Emilia Luzárraga de Fernández (1938-2008), Emilita para todos sus amigos, murió la madrugada del 4 de octubre. Siempre había gozado de buena salud pero, en pocos meses, su cuerpo se consumió. No así su espíritu, que se robustecía a medida que el final se acercaba.

August 1, 2008: Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America: Third Edition
By Jorge I. Domínguez and Michael Shifter
Edited by Jorge I. Domínguez and Michael Shifter and featuring contributions from more than a dozen leading scholars of democratization studies, this volume provides a concise and up-to-date measure of the quality of democracy in Latin America.

July 6, 2008: La Mandela colombiana
By Moisés Naím
Source: El País (Spain)
La semana pasada apareció una Mandela en Colombia. En el helicóptero que llevaba a Ingrid Betancourt a la libertad después de más de seis años de sufrimientos también viajaban César y Gafas, dos de los líderes del grupo de las FARC a cargo de su custodia y quienes eran los responsables de muchas de las crueldades que sufrió la ex candidata presidencial.

May 25, 2008: Hablemos de mujeres
By Moisés Naím
Source: El País (Spain)
Nunca antes les había ido tan bien. En el mundo de hoy hay más mujeres con poder, dinero y trabajo remunerado que nunca antes. Estas tendencias se han acelerado en las últimas dos décadas.

May 1, 2008: Entre “Santa Hillary” y “Obama, el que todo lo puede” (PDF)
By Michael Shifter
Source: ideele (Peru)
Las interesantísimas elecciones primarias de los Estados Unidos, a punto de batir un récord Guiness por su duración, debido a la intensa contienda entre Hillary y Obama, son analizadas en típico-estilo-Michael Shifter.

May 1, 2008: Between "Saint Hillary" and "Omnipotent Obama"
By Michael Shifter
Source: ideele (Peru)
The fascinating and intense battle between Hillary and Obama in the Democratic primary, on pace to set a world endurance record, are analyzed by Michael Shifter.

April 24, 2008: Testimony before the U.S. Congress and U.S. Helsinki Commission “Crossing Borders, Keeping Connected: Women, Migration and Development in the OSCE Region” (PDF)
By Manuel Orozco
Testimony before the U.S. Congress and U.S. Helsinki Commission “Crossing Borders, Keeping Connected: Women, Migration and Development in the OSCE Region” Thursday, April 24th, 2008 Washington, DC.

February 1, 2008: A Dialética do Bom Aluno: relações raciais e o sistema educacional brasileiro (PDF)
By PREAL (Marcelo Paixão)
This special report by PREAL aims to promote consideration of the racial inequalities inherent in the educational indicators for the Brazilian population. The pronounced asymmetries experienced by different racial groups in terms of their access to and persistence in the Brazilian education system are already well recognized. This report focuses on the premise that educational indicators for whites and blacks are notably and consistently different, overwhelmingly favoring the former group.

January 30, 2008: Senator Questions Colombian Govt's Commitment to Hostage Exchange
By Elisabeth Burgess for the Dialogue's Latin America Advisor
A Conversation with Senator Piedad Córdoba

January 24, 2008: Addressing Security Challenges in Colombia
By Thomas Perkowski
Participation of Women Crucial to Colombian Security

January 17, 2008: Women in the Americas
By Marifeli Pérez-Stable
Source: The Miami Herald
Women in Latin America and the Caribbean are making political strides. Though long impenetrable, glass ceilings over the halls of power have begun to crack.

January 1, 2008: Latin American Women in Movement: Changing Politics, Changing Minds (PDF)
By Joan M. Caivano and Thayer Hardwick
Published in Civil Society and Social Movements: Building Sustainable Democracies in Latin America, ed. Arthur Domike. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank, 2008. This chapter will examine women’s social movements that emerged in the 1970s—during the dictatorships and economic crises in South America and guerrilla movements opposed to authoritarian regimes in Central America. This period also coincides with the emergence of the second wave of feminism. We will review the evolution of women’s organizations and mobilizations, their nature, structures, goals and strategies, to discern patterns from the past and lessons for the future.

January 1, 2008: Women in the Americas: Paths to Political Power (PDF)
By Inter-American Dialogue, Inter-American Development Bank, League of Women Voters
A group of women political leaders from across the Americas met in Washington on March 28, 2007 to discuss the dramatic advances achieved by women seeking public office in the past ten years—and the special challenges currently facing women in electoral politics. Held at the Library of Congress and the Inter-American Development Bank, the meeting Women in the Americas: Paths to Political Power was co-sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Inter-American Dialogue, League of Women Voters of the United States, Inter-American Foundation, and Organization of American States (OAS).

December 7, 2007: New president's challenges
By Peter Hakim
Source: Miami Herald
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who will become president of Argentina on Monday, owes her landslide electoral victory to the extraordinary political and economic success that her husband -- outgoing President Néstor Kirchner -- enjoyed over the past four years. And most voters want her to follow in Kirchner's footsteps.

November 8, 2007: Bachelet, Fernández push politics beyond gender
By Marifeli Pérez-Stable
Source: The Miami Herald
Women are breaking the highest of glass ceilings in politics. On Oct. 28, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became Argentina's president-elect.

March 28, 2007: Liderazgo y Participación Política para las Mujeres Afrodescendientes (PDF)
By Epsy Campbell Barr

March 28, 2007: Women and Power in the Americas: A Report Card (PDF)
By Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

March 28, 2007: Women in Power: How Presence Affects Politics (PDF)
By Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

March 28, 2007: From Persuasion to Power? Women's Policy Machineries in Latin America (PDF)
By Susan Franceschet

March 28, 2007: Political Parties and Women's Leadership in Latin America (PDF)
By Teresa Sacchet

March 28, 2007: Gender Quota Laws in Global Perspective (PDF)
By Mona Lena Krook

March 2, 2006: Gender and remittances: Preliminary notes about senders and recipients in Latin America and the Caribbean (PDF)
By Manuel Orozco
Within the changing landscape of migration where both men and women are moving across borders, remittance transfers also follow gendered lines. These dynamics are the differences in sex and social practices that signify the presence of prevailing relations hips in the broader context of contemporary transnational migration (Ramirez 2005).

January 19, 2006: Chile's new president has the common touch
By Marifeli Pérez-Stable
Source: The Miami Herald
A Socialist, Chilean President Bachelet is a single mother of three, an agnostic, the daughter of an air-force general who was tortured and died in prison after Gen. Augusto Pinochet's coup. Bachelet and her mother also suffered imprisonment and torture before being exiled.

April 1, 2005: Women on the Verge: Corporate Power in Latin America (PDF)
By Sylvia Maxfield

November 25, 2004: Eradicate violence against women in Latin America
By Marifeli Pérez-Stable
Source: The Miami Herald
He was an egomaniacal tyrant, and the three sisters fearlessly opposed him. Once, their family left one of his parties early and defiantly refused to apologize.

September 14, 2004: Making political inroads, weakening stereotypes
By Marifeli Pérez-Stable
Source: The Miami Herald
Over the past 15 years, Latin American women have made notable political strides. Four have been heads of state and 19 vice presidents.

April 1, 2004: Women and Global Leadership (PDF)
By Inter-American Dialogue, International Center for Research on Women
Report of the Women's Leadership Conference of the Americas.

July 2, 2001: Politics Matter: A Dialogue of Women Political Leaders (PDF)
By Inter-American Development Bank, Inter-American Dialogue, International Center for Research on Women
A report on the discussions regarding women’s leadership from the meeting, “Politics Matter: A Dialogue of Women Political Leaders,” held on November 13, 2000.

April 1, 2001: Advancing Women's Rights in the Americas: Achievements and Challenges (PDF)
By Mala N. Htun

April 1, 2001: Women and Power in the Americas: A Report Card (PDF)
By Inter-American Dialogue, International Center for Research on Women

November 1, 2000: Latin American Women Leadership Study (PDF)
By Gallup Poll Report.

December 31, 1998: 1998 Report of Activities (PDF)
By The Inter-American Dialogue
1998 was a productive year for the Dialogue. Three priorities guided our work - (1) making the Dialogue fully inter-American, (2) rejuvenating our core membership and participants in other networks, and (3) renewing the substantive agenda of issues we address to ensure the Dialogue is dealing with the most important challenges in fresh and creative ways.

December 1, 1998: Participación, Representación y Liderazgo Político de la Mujer en America Latina (PDF)
By Mala N. Htun
El surgimiento de movimientos de masas de mujeres en los años setenta y ochenta y su destacado papel en la lucha contra los regímenes autoritarios del continente crearon grandes expectativas de mejores oportunidades para la mujer una vez producido el retorno a la democracia.

April 1, 1998: Women's Rights and Opportunities in Latin America: Problems and Prospects (PDF)
By Mala N. Htun
This brief analyzes the status of women in Latin America in six thematic areas: political leadership, legal rights, domestic violence, health, economic opportunities, and education. These six areas correspond to the commitments made by governments at the 1994 Summit of the Americas in Miami, and Women's Leadership Conference of the Americas (WLCA).

January 1, 1998: Comunicado Para la Seguna Cumbre de las Américas en Santiago, Chile (PDF)
By El Diálogo Interamericano y el Centro Internancional de Estudios Sobre la Mujer
La Conferencia de las Américas sobre liderazgo de la mujer (WLCA, en sus siglas en inglés) se complace en presentar sus recomendaciones sobre actividades encaminadas a brindar mejores oportunidades a las mujeres del hemisferio.

January 1, 1998: Communiqué To the Second Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile (PDF)
By The Inter-American Dialogue and the International Center for Reasearch on Women
The Women's Leadership Conference of the Americas (WLCA) is pleased to present its recommendations for action to enhance opportunities of women in the hemisphere. Our document points to a decided lack of progress on women's issues since the Miami Summit in December 1994.

October 7, 1994: Communiqué to the Presidents of the Americas (PDF)
By The Roundtable of Western Hemisphere Women Leaders
We are committed to the objectives of making democracy work and advancing equitable development in the Americas. This means first, recognizing the contributions women make to economic growth and family welfare, and second, promoting the full and equal participation of women in all aspects and at all levels of politics, the economy and society, without which no nation can be truly democratic or achieve its economic potential.