Janet Mock and Alicia Garza Talk Race, Gender at United Nations

By Miriam Zoila Pu00e9rez May 02, 2016

Last year, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2015-2024 the "International Decade for People of African Descent." Accordingly, the U.N. is producing programming that focuses on various segments of that global community. On Friday (April 29), the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights partnered with civil and human rights organization Black Women’s Blueprint to present a panel titled "Recognition, Justice and Development—At the Intersection of Race and Gender."

Panelists included Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Janet Mock, transgender writer and activist, along with other international activists of African descent. The panel was part of the 2016 Tribunal of the U.S. Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which ran through May 1:

Friday’s panel was a robust discussion of the international picture facing women and girls of African descent, with an eye toward intersectionality and a focus on the extreme levels of violence this community faces. See the full list of presenters here and watch a video of the full panel above.