5 de septiembre: conversatorio sobre Pobreza Infantil en Colombia

A 13-year-old girl stands in the yard of the women's prison at Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, the capital. Behind her stands a concrete wall, topped with barbed wire. Arrests of minors are frequently gang-related, with alleged offences ranging from petty crime to gun possession and assault. Children are often forcibly inducted into gangs, where they face violence from older gang members, rival gangs and the authorities. Many girls have been sexually abused, and some are HIV-positive. Once in prison, they can be held indefinitely without being charged or tried. UNICEF provides sanitation kits and educational and art supplies to this prison. [#1 IN SEQUENCE OF SEVEN]In December 2005 in Haiti, children face extreme poverty, violence and chronic insecurity. UNICEF's Child Alert Report on Haiti is the second in a series that documents the effect of crisis situations on children. The report, to be released on 22 March 2006, warns that decades-long political instability and weak institutions have created a climate of lawlessness and social disintegration that have exacerbated conditions of poverty. In addition, Haiti's vulnerability to natural disasters has deepened the environmental crisis of deforestation and erosion. The consequences for children are devastating. Each year, 20 per cent of children under five die from preventable illnesses, the highest child mortality rate in the Americas. Just 11 per cent of Haitians have running water in their homes, and 40 per cent have no access to safe water at all. Many thousands of children work as domestic servants or live in slums or on the streets, where they are vulnerable to gang violence, kidnapping and sexual exploitation. Only 54 per cent of children attend primary school, and of these, the majority leave school after just four years in order to work or care for younger siblings. More than 200,000 children have lost one or both parents to AIDS.

Este jueves 5 de septiembre, a partir de las 5:30 p.m. se llevará a cabo la Tertulia de Políticas Públicas (Auditorio SD 1003, edificio Santo Domingo de la Universidad de los Andes), donde se presentarán los resultados del estudio “Análisis de la situación de la pobreza infantil en Colombia”, realizado por le Escuela de Gobierno Alberto Lleras Camargo de esta Universidad y financiado por UNICEF.

La presentación del estudio será realizada de Sandra García, profesora asociada de la Escuela y Olga Isaza, especialista de políticas públicas de UNICEF; los comentarios estarán a cargo de Diego Molano, Director de la Fundación Bavaria, Raquel Bernal, Directora del CEDE de la Facultad de Economía y Bruce Mac Master, Director del DPS.

El estudio aborda las siguientes dimensiones: educación, nutrición, salud, agua y saneamiento, vivienda, seguridad económica, seguridad, tiempo libre y recreación e información.

Invitamos a confirmar asistencia a través de http://economia.uniandes.edu.co/tertulia14