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Afro-descendent women on the lowest rung of society
IPS
8/23/2007
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Latin America and the Caribbean are home to some 75 million black women, but they hold not even 50 of the high-ranking positions in government.

“The inequality is before our eyes: we hold few or no decision-making slots. Our situation is one of the worst,” said Nicaraguan Dorotea Wilson, coordinator of the Network of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women, a group present in 33 countries.

More than 90 percent of Latin America and the Caribbean’s Afro-descendent population is poor, has access to only low-paying jobs and have a low level of education.

In Brazil, 71 percent of black women work in the informal labor sector, as do 65 percent of black men and 61 percent of white women.

Eighty percent of Afro-Colombians live in extreme poverty, and in Cuba, despite its socialist system. Afro-descendents live in some of the worst housing and have some of the lowest-paying jobs.


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