Latin America: the pandemic in the land of inequalities

Latin America regional webinar on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available in:
a group of women from a small village in Colombia

This webinar will be in SPANISH. 
English interpretation will be available.

27 May 2021

15:00 - 16:30 Brasilia/Buenos Aires
13:00 - 14:30 Bogota

12:00 - 13:30 Managua

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This is the third in a new series of World Council of Churches (WCC) Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace consultations exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the global fellowship in eight different global regions, the next phase of supporting the WCC fellowship amid the ongoing pandemic.

After over a year of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been alerting on the advance of COVID-19 in Latin America, where many countries are reaching peak levels of daily cases. In contrast, vaccines have not yet reached many countries. Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Guyana are experiencing new peaks of transmission, with a dramatic increase in infections, and their health systems are overwhelmed.

COVID-19 also brought to light the dramatic burden that the continent carries in several areas of the lives of its population, many of them caused by the historic gap between rich and poor in Latin America.

According to a study by the World Bank, the richest decile of the population of Latin America earn 48% of the total income, while the poorest 10% of the population earn only 1.6% of the income. In contrast, in developed countries, the top decile receives 29% of the total income, while the bottom decile earns 2.5%.

This webinar seeks to bring insights on the impact of the pandemic from the perspective of several strategic areas of the current context in Latin America. Speakers come from church leadership, specialized ministries and civil society.

Moderator: Rev. Gloria Ulloa, Presbyterian Church of Colombia, WCC president for Latin America and the Caribbean

Topics and Speakers

Child rights and protection: Ana de Medio
Disciples of Christ/Federation of Evangelical Churches in Argentina

Migration: Bishop Felipe Ruiz
Methodist Church of Mexico

Political polarization and Christian fundamentalism in Brazil: Rev. Romi Bencke
General secretary, National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil

Peacebuilding: Rev. Diego Higuita
General secretary, Presbyterian Church of Colombia

Humanitarian aid and response: Carlos Rauda,
ACT Alliance officer for Latin America

Indigenous people: Dina Ludeña Cebrián
Indigenous person from Peru

Contextual analysis: Marcos Lopes
Doctorate student on global health and sustainability, Brazil

This event will be in Spanish. English interpretation will be available.

Live stream: www.oikoumene.org/live