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The New School, The Observatory on Latin America (OLA), Estados Unidos; Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina

Struggles for Inclusion in Brazil and Peru: President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship Public Lecture 

by President Néstor Kirchner Fellows 2014-2015.


Waste Pickers and Environmental Management in Brazil

Daniela Gomez Metello


The production and disposal of solid waste represents one of the planet's main environmental problems. Reducing and recycling waste while also focusing on the social and economic inclusion of people whose income depends on this work is a step towards sustainability. The Brazilian experience shows the balancing of economic viability, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Ms. Gomez Metello holds a PhD in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is an adviser and coordinator of the Interministerial Committee for Social and Economic Inclusion of Waste Pickers (CIISC) in the General-Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic.


Women in Municipal Elections in Peru

Beatriz Córdova Aquino


The principles of equality and plurality are main tenets of democracy, yet the struggle for the inclusion of disadvantaged groups continues in the 21st century. What are the limits of electoral participation for women in Peru and elsewhere today? The Peruvian case shows that policies beyond universal suffrage and an electoral gender quota system are necessary to end political exclusion.

Ms. Córdova Aquino received a Master in Governance and Electoral Processes from the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset in Spain. She currently works for the Center of Electoral Processes Operations (COPE), monitoring the activities planned towards Peru's Regional and Municipal Elections.


Introduced by

David E. Van Zandt

President, the New School

Carlos Ruta

Rector, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina

Lucia Maierá

Deputy Consul General, Brazil

María Teresa de Hart

Consul General, Peru

This Fellowship is inspired by the legacy and achievements of former President Néstor Kirchner during his term as President of Argentina (2003-2007), coupled with his important work as the first Secretary General of UNASUR (2010). It focuses on the training of young leaders in South America, is organized by The Observatory on Latin America (OLA) of The New School, New York, and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2015, the Fellowship has been expanded to all Latin American and Caribbean countries.


Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

6:00-8:00 pm

The Orozco Room / The New School

66 West 12th Street, 7th Floor (Room 712)

New York, NY


Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 2nd at pnkpubliclecture.eventbrite.com

For more information, visit the OLA website

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