Afro-Latin American women look to overcome history of marginalization


A 19 November 2021 file photo of Afro-Brazilian models during a fashion event at a train station in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil. EFE/Sebastiao Moreira

Sao Paulo | Mar 7 2022

Though largely ignored in the history books, deprived of their full identity and held back by stereotypes, Latin American women of African descent are unbowed by challenges rooted in times of slavery and gradually carving out more prominent roles for themselves in their respective countries.

That has been the story of Costa Rican Vice President Epsy Campbell Barr and Colombian human rights activist and presidential candidate Francia Elena Marquez, although despite their success and that of other female Afro-Latin Americans the work of societal transformation is far from complete.

“The fact I broke down a barrier doesn’t mean it’s a collective victory. I’m excited about my achievements and that of so many others, but we need to keep our focus…

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