“In the Caribbean, we went from invisibility to visibility”

“In the Caribbean, we went from invisibility to visibility”

He points out that in the light of inclusion, Colombia has a paradoxical position in the region. On the one hand, it appears to be the third best country — after Argentina and Uruguay — for LGBTQ+ people thanks to government policies, equal marriage, and participation in different spaces. But at the same time, it is listed as the third most violent country, taking the same place in terms of hate crimes (150 cases in the past year), after Brazil (with more than 500) and Mexico (250).

“Insecurity, the lack of specialized services and the concentration of support for people in some urban areas make Colombia today a country with many theoretical advances – such as the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ in the peace agenda and in the migration processes—but lagging behind in implementation and in the guarantees of a dignified life,” he defines.

In this sense, it warns that it is necessary to make specific plans with a rights approach that LGBTIQ+ people can resort to, giving them access to rights with a differentiated approach. And along these lines, he adds, it is necessary to have a work team between governments, Public Prosecution Service, Police and Public Prosecution Service to investigate the violence committed and prevent future violence. In the same way, permanent pedagogical communication campaigns, assertive and simple language should be implemented with the communities that promote the reduction of exclusion and discrimination.

In the future, according to the manager, Caribbean affirmative It profiles itself as a major regional platform that responds to the country and Latin America with specific public policy actions and the application of a gender approach in actions to consolidate a culture of rights that guarantees diversity.

Source: El heraldo

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