ALARI: Building the New Field of Afro-Latin American Studies
The Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI) at Harvard University is launching its first monthly Newsletter aiming to highlight and disseminate important knowledge on the various initiatives making an important contribution to inclusive policy, governance and democracy in Latin America. This is made possible by the generous support of the Gender and Diversity Division (GDI) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)* as part of the IDB-ALARI initiative on Race and Public Policy in Latin America. This issue is dedicated to Marielle Franco, politician, feminist and human rights activist who was invited to visit our center in April as well as to all the women of African descent in Latin America who continuously fight for their rights.
Por Flavia Rios, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Parlamentar, Socióloga e defensora dos Direitos Humanos, Marielle Franco foi brutalmente assassinada no dia 14 de março de 2018 ao lado de seu motorista Anderson Gomes no Rio de Janeiro.

Por Daise Rosas da Natividade, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Uma mulher, negra, cientista política, moradora de favela, ciente e consciente das agruras das minorias chamada Marielle, teve a vida ceifada por questões políticas. 
Foto por Antonio Escorel .
Conferencia realizada el 23 de Marzo en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Bogotá. En esta, se discutieron los siguiente temas:
  • ¿Qué es el feminismo negro?
  • ¿Qué logros ha alcanzado el feminismo negro dentro de las comunidades Afrodescendientes?
  • ¿Cuáles son las tareas pendientes del feminismo negro dentro y fuera de la comunidad?
  • ¿Qué acciones podrían hacer más efectivo y visible la agenda del feminismo negro en América Latina?

On March 8, 2018 Zakiya Carr Johnson (ODARA Solutions) and Sonia Viveros (Fundación Afro-Ecuatoriana Azúcar) participated in an expert panel organized at the United Nations Library to commemorate both the International Decade for people of African Descent and International Women’s Day . The event featured the launch of a new OHCHR publication on Women and Girls of African Descent which addresses how discrimination and highlights some recent achievements. The report focuses on women who belong to communities descended from victims of the transatlantic slave trade and migrant African women in the diaspora. Read more.

Geledés Instituto da Mulher Negra, em parceria com o SESC Vila Mariana, celebra seus 30 anos de trajetória política e social com uma série de seminários a serem realizados entre os dias 05 e 19 de Abril .  O evento reunirá atores que compartilharam com a organização as lutas, conquistas e os desafios persistentes pela efetivação de direitos e dignidade para mulheres e negros.

Listen to an interview with Ana Irma Rivera Lassén , an Afro-Puerto Rican attorney who was the head of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico from 2012–2014 as the first black woman, and third female, to head the organization. As a feminist, open lesbian and human rights activist, she has received many awards and honors for her work in the area of women's rights and human rights, including the Capetillo-Roqué Medal from the Puerto Rican Senate, the Martin Luther King/Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Prize, and the Nilita Vientós Gastón Medal. She serves on the faculty of several universities in Puerto Rico and is currently on the advisory council to the Program for Equality and Gender Equity of the Puerto Rican Judicial Branch. 
Celebrando as Mulheres Negras Empreendedoras

Adriana Barbosa , fundadora de Feira Preta que fortalece e valoriza a cultura Negra no Brasil foi considerada um dos 51 negros mais influentes do mundo em 2017.

A blogueira e ativista digital, Natalia Barrera aborda temas importantes das comunidades Afrodescendentes no Peru por meio do seu canal de YouTube Una Chica AfroPeruana .

Pela segunda vez na história do cinema Brasileiro, um longa-metragem dirigido exclusivamente por uma mulher Negra chegou ao circuito comercial o 22 de Marzo em Porto Alegre. O Caso do Homem Errado , da diretora Camila de Moraes .

The event held from March 8-11 aimed to:
  • Highlight issues facing African descendants and their communities. 
  • Establish a network of proactive African descendants, leaders, and policymakers who will be able to work together to implement creative solutions to the issues facing African descendants. 
  • Formulate national/regional steering committees to assist in the implementation of possible solutions to their national issues. 
  • Develop a Georgetown Declaration, and Program of Action to be executed by 2024. 

La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) inició durante la última semana de Marzo la celebración de una semana de eventos para conmemorar las contribuciones de las personas Afrodescendientes al desarrollo social, económico, político y cultural de las Américas.
If you are interested in the intersection of gender and race in Latin America, please join us for our monthly Reading & Discussion Group where we will explore the following topics:
  • Scholarly Work on Gender and Race in Latin America
  • Fiction and Poetry by Latin American Authors
Envíennos Sus Noticias para Nuestro Boletín

Los invitamos a enviarnos actualizaciones, anuncios y recursos sobre eventos, políticas públicas, publicaciones e iniciativas que contribuyen a la inclusión racial y la igualdad en América Latina a
IDB-ALARI@fas.harvard.edu .

La siguiente fecha de publicación es el 30 de Abril del 2018 . Por favor, envíen sus presentaciones antes del 23 de Abril .
*The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Board of Directors, or the countries they represent.
The Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI)
alari@fas.harvard.edu