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LitTalks Worldwide- Series : Global voices on the U.S. Election

Latin America and the Caribbean in Focus

In Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation into English

December 9th, 2020
Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 AM EST  

Latin America and the Caribbean


Live broadcast on Facebook live in English:   🎥 HRFN 

Live broadcast on Facebook live in Spanish:  🎥  TNP

The outcome of the U.S. elections raises high expectations about the future of multilateralism, global democracy, environmental protection and human rights. The global problems and challenges are complex and will require political, economic, social and philanthropic commitment of all states and societies.

In this series, we’re bringing political thinkers from each region together to unpack American global agendas. We’re looking beyond borders and working to understand the distinct legacies and interconnections to answer one key question: what can we expect in the wake of the latest U.S. elections? These discussions will reveal the invisible impacts of our interconnected economies, lives, and realities.

It’s time to debrief and focus on the lived experiences, understanding, resistance, and narrative of the global community.

First LitTalk Worldwide: Latin America and the Caribbean In Focus: December 9th, 10:00 – 11:30 AM ET in Spanish, with simultaneous English interpretation (and vice versa).

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have not been on Washington’s foreign policy agenda for decades, but migration, organized crime, fundamentalisms, and a shared geopolitical, economic, and environmental space brought it to the forefront. What will relations between LAC and the United States look like from 2021 and how will this situation impact on human rights? What role should philanthropy play in this possible new relationship between the North and South of the continent?


Series Host:

Ana María Enríquez

Executive Director, Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) leads the network’s efforts to connect activists, intellectuals, artists, and social movement leaders with philanthropy leaders, promoting dialogues and strategies across sectors. Ana María has 20 years of experience working in the USA, Europe and Latin America. She has worked with global private foundations, multilaterals, and NGOs working to advance human rights including UN Women, where she designed and led the Fund for Gender Equality, a 50 Million Euro Fund to advance women’s rights, the Ford Foundation, where she led an initiative in support of social justice philanthropy in the Global South, and the Global Fund for Women, among others. Fluent in Spanish, French, and English (and conversant in Portuguese), Ana María works from her home country of Colombia and is currently Co-Chair for the Management Board of the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS).

Series Moderator:

Mariano Aguirre

Researcher on peace and conflicts; political analyst. He is associate fellow Chatham House (London); member of the Latin American Network for Inclusive and Sustainable Security, Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Berlín-Bogotá); and Board member of the Human Rights Institute, Deusto University (Bilbao). He is also member of the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam). He has been Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding at the Office of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Colombia (2017-2019) and Director of the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF) (Oslo) (2009-2016). A Spanish citizen was born in Argentina he has lived in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, the United States, and Colombia. He currently lives in Norway. Aguirre is the author, among other books, of Leap into the Void. Crisis and decline of the United States, Icaria editorial, Barcelona, 2017: See: Salto al Vacio by Mariano Aguirre.


Charo Mina Rojas

Colombian human rights activist. National Coordinator of Advocacy and Dissemination of the Black Communities Process (Black Communities Process-PCN) in Colombia, Board of Directors of the Urgent Action Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean, and member of the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network. In 1995, she worked in the Ministry of Education in Colombia as inter-institutional advisor for the implementation of a regional project to improve education standards, and introduced ethno-education in schools where the Afro-Colombian population was dominant. Mrs. Mina Rojas also worked for many years educating and assisting grassroots Afro-descendant communities on the process of implementing the Law 70 of 1993, that recognizes cultural, territorial and political rights, and define mechanisms for economic and cultural development of these communities in Colombia.

Lilián Abracinskas

Feminist activist, communicator and teacher in Uruguay. Her specialty topics are: gender, sexualities, health and sexual and reproductive rights. She is the founder and current director of the NGO MYSU (Mujer y Salud en Uruguay). Since 2018, she has been part of the research group on policies and trajectories of anti-gender forces in the region, coordinated by Sexuality Policy Watch of Brazil. Consultant of the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (RSMLAC) and its representative to the “Miraquetemiro” platform for regional follow-up to agreements on population and development; member of the Advisory Committee of the Latin American Consortium against Unsafe Abortion (CLACAI); member of the International Board of Directors of IPAS, advisor to the Global Fund for Women and member of the Advisory Committee of Girls not Brides. With a background in Science and Pathology from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, she has developed advocacy activities at the level of the United Nations System since the Cairo Conference on Population and Development (1994) and the Beijing Conference in 1995, until today. She is a lecturer and teacher, with several publications at national and international level.

Jean-Paul Marthoz

Jean-Paul Marthoz is a foreign affairs columnist at the Brussels daily Le Soir and teaches international journalism/media and terrorism at the UCLouvain, Belgium. He was Latin American editor and foreign editor at Le Soir (1980-1990), Latin American adviser at the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (1991), director of the Media for Democracy Project at the International Federation of Journalists (1992-95), European Press Director of Human Rights Watch (1996-2006), chair of the Research and information group on peace and security (GRIP, 2006-2010), and EU correspondent of the Committee to Protect Journalists (2010-2016, Nueva York). He is the author or coauthor of some 20 books on journalism, international relations, migration and the Americas. He has written a series of reports on Latin America’s politics and foreign relations. He is working on a book on Latin American journalism and organized criminal groups. He sits on the editorial board of Index on Censorship magazine (London) and on the Advisory Board of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN, London).

Augusto Varas Fernández

Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington University (St. Louis, USA). He was director of the International Relations and Military Studies Area of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Chile); Ford Foundation Representative in the Andean Region and the Southern Cone; associate researcher at the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE); consultant for the Norwegian Conflict Resolution Center (NOREF), and vice-president of the Advisory Council of the Latin American Program of the Wilson Center (Washington, D.C.). He has been advisor to the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency (Government of Patricio Aylwin) and the Undersecretariat of Defense (Government of Michelle Bachelet). He has been a university professor in Chile, the USA and Spain. Author and editor of articles and books on the armed forces, national defense and democracy in Chile and Latin America, his latest works on these issues have been: “La Seguridad Nacional: un significante vacío”, Revista Política, Número Especial (2021), and “Estado democrático, gobiernos y fuerzas armadas en América Latina”, in: Wolf Grabendorff, Los militares y la gobernabilidad. Colombia, FESCOL (Forthcoming). He is President of the Equitas Foundation (Chile).


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