As part of the LGBTIQ+ Pride Month, Fundación Iguales, City of Knowledge and the collective of journalists Concolón, held an agile conversation about inequalities in Panama, on Tuesday, June 11 at the City of Knowledge Convention Center.
Referents of the sciences, activism and culture shared experiences and knowledge about discrimination, love, individual change and the possibilities of social transformation.
The organizers of the event stressed that “our responsibility is to look for spaces where we can gather around with an articulated message of equality that can identify us all. When we talk about pride, we seek to change the stigma that exists today in Panama and in many places around the world. ”
Participants included the feminist lawyer Ana Sánchez, the musician Francia Herrera, the specialist in cultural studies Claudia Cordero, the ex-Minister of Social Development Leonor Calderón, the scientist Ivonne Torres, the activist and cultural manager Aris Rodríguez Mariota, the lawyer and Afro-descendant leader Urenna Best, the ngäbe educator Bencemar Montezuma and Pau González, trans man and human rights activist.
Those present agreed that inequality is a threat that generates a vicious circle and resolving it should be considered a matter of national security. The problem is that we do not realize the inequality that exists until we interact with people who suffer from it. There is an idea of moral superiority that generates victims of inequality and harassment, and this must change.