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Friday, December 11, 2015

Latinas Emboldened by UN Expert Group Visit to the United States

Press Release
Washington
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

Washington, D.C. — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is proud to have participated in the first ever official visit to the United States by the United Nations expert group on discrimination against women in law and in practice. Over the course of three days, NLIRH met with the expert group in Washington, D.C. and in Texas, where the visiting delegation assessed the progress made towards achieving gender equality, and the protection and promotion of women’s human rights in the United States.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health issued the following statement:

“We see this historic UN working group visit — to Texas in particular — as a fitting sequel to the first-ever domestic women’s human rights hearing, held in the Rio Grande Valley in March 2015, and detailed in a new report, ¡Somos Poderosas! A Human Rights Hearing in the Rio Grande Valley. Since 2012, we have partnered with the Center for Reproductive Rights on the Nuestro Texas human rights campaign, which calls for reproductive health access for all women, without distinction as to geographic location, ethnicity, race, economic class or citizenship status. We are thrilled to have helped call attention to dangerous public policies that stand in the way of our nation’s ability to fully embrace the protection and promotion of women’s human rights.

“As an organization that has been building Latina power in Texas for nearly a decade, we have seen firsthand the devastating impact of state and federal policies that block Latinas from getting the care they need. It was an honor for NLIRH to share those experiences with the UN working group during policy briefings on December 2 and 3 in Washington, D.C. and Austin, respectively. On December 4, the UN working group traveled to the Rio Grande Valley where we convened a group of over a dozen community members who spoke about their lived experiences with gender-based discrimination in the contexts of the workplace, immigration and healthcare access.

“Latinas are emboldened by the UN working group visit and eager to leverage the group’s recommendations as a tool for mobilizing our communities into action.”

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National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy and strategic communications.