IIHR holds second dialogue on education in human rights

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San José, Costa Rica. The Second Dialogue on Education in Human Rights “Sexual and Reproductive Rights” was held April 15, 2016. It was organized by the IIHR Center of Resources and Studies for Education in Human Rights and was coordinated by Jorge Padilla .

The meeting, which was held at IIHR headquarters, was inaugurated by Jorge Padilla and was followed by talks, both on-site and virtual, on the following topics: Sexual and Reproductive Rights from the Perspectvie of Education in Human Rights, by Luis Jiménez, Coordinator of the Master’s program in Education in Human Rights, sponsored by the IIHR and the Center of Regional Cooperation for Adult Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has its headquarters in Mexico; The Situation of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Mexico, by Vania Castro and Claudia Alonso; Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Barriers and Realities in Costa Rica analyzed by Gabriela Arguedas, of the University of Costa Rica; The Situation of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Chile was explained by Marina Casas, researcher of ECLA; and Experiences and Impact for Change by Aura Baltodano, of the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica.

In addition to the topics of the agenda, there was an historical evaluation of the contributions of States and of civil society organizations in recognizing sexual and reproductive rights as human rights. There was also an analysis of the progress made by the UN treaty organs and the jurisprudence of the bodies of the inter-American system that has contributed to the States meeting their international obligations in the area. Also important was the space devoted to structural and social barriers that still exist to the full enjoyment of those rights and the consequences of not dealing adequately with those matters, for example, teen-age pregnancy .

This led to a discussion on the principal forms of working strategically in the educational field (basic and superior) to eradicate the stereotypes and promote living together respectfully and, above all, free of violence against women and persons belonging to sexually diverse communities, in Mexico, Costa Rica and Chile, countries in which there are diverse activities related to the Master’s program .


The meeting concluded with the reflections of Jorge Padilla, who moderated the interchange and dialogue among the participants and offered some final comments. IIHR Director, José Thompson, closed the event.

In addition to the speakers, the following Costa Ricans participated: Alina Barquero and Cristina Jiménez (Commission of Human Development of the Nueva Generación political party); Carlos Monge (educational advisor to the First Circuit of the Ministry of Education; Iván Jiménez (Director of the Omar Dengo school); Justine St. Jacques, a Canadian, (Fundación Paniamor); from the Legislative Assembly, Alexis Zamora and Kerry Luna (advisors to the leadership) and Llihanny Linkimer (Director of Technical Services); Hermes González, (President of the Foundation for the Defense of Human Rights) and the independent researchers, Tannia Arias and Gabriela Asch.

Following the event were IIHR staff members: Adriana Piquero and Juan Navarrete at the IIHR Office in Colombia; Magdalena Frías, Ximena García and Patricia Soria, interns of the IIHR Office in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Priscilla Solano, Andrea Tercero and Narath Aguilar at IIHR Headquarters .

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