The Crisis of Democracy and Women’s Rights in the Americas


Event Summary This event has passed.

Today, Latin America and the Caribbean face grave threats to democracy as a result of corruption, growing religious fundamentalism among state actors, increasing human rights violations, and impunity for perpetrators of such violations. Strong democracies are critical to guaranteeing human rights broadly, as well as sexual and reproductive rights in particular. This scenario, in addition to the prevailing absence of state public policies with a genuine gender perspective, puts citizens at great risk of having women’s rights become the last priority on the agenda of democratic strengthening.

Following the 8th Summit of the Americas and the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States, this event seeks to highlight how democratic institutions are critical to respecting, protecting and guaranteeing human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights. 

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Opening Remarks

Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)


Larissa Arroyo

Director, ACCEDER (@raralara)

Catalina Botero

Dean, Universidad de los Andes (@cboteromarino)

Miriam Kornblith

Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, National Endowment for Democracy (@NEDemocracy)

Julissa Mantilla

Professor, Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú

Closing Remarks

Maria Antonieta Alcalde

Director of the UN Liaison Program and Director of Advocacy, International Planned Parenthood Federation (@IPPF_WHR)


Catalina Martínez-Coral

Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean, Center for Reproductive Rights (@catamartinezc)

Please note that this event will be held in Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. A cocktail reception will follow the event.