Women of African descent demand commitment against double discrimination in Cali

, by Social Watch

Black women from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa demanded this week a firm and final commitment to equality and the end of discrimination from governments and the international community, at the closing of the Second International Meeting of women of African descent held in Cali, Colombia.

The four-day debate was based on the assumption that Latin Americans of Arfican descent face double discrimination on the grounds of gender and race, explained the president of the organizing committee, Consuelo Cruz Arboleda, native of Cali and leader of Diáspora, an institution based in Spain and organizer of the meeting.

The absence of “women of African descent in public and private power positions”, forces us to strengthen efforts to achieve “their visibilization and empowerment, above all in political spaces”, argued Cruz.

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