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Mrs. Mercedes Roman

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Coordinator for Latin America and...


Employment History

  • President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Latin American Coordinator for the Global Network of Religions
  • U.N. Representative
    Defense for Children International
  • Chairperson for the Group On Education
    First Forum
  • Coordinator
    GNRC Latin America

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
  • Representative
17 Total References
Web References
GNRC presence in this country is ..., 26 April 2011 [cached]
GNRC presence in this country is firmly supported by the Guatemalan Ecumenical Council and its Secretary General Rev. Vitalino Similox, who convened the first meeting with this goal, together with Mercedes Román, GNRC Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mercedes Román
Ecumenical Advocacy Days - Speakers, 28 Jan 2006 [cached]
Speakers | Rev. Dr. Cliff Kirkpatrick | Marian Wright Edelman | Mercedes Roman
Mrs. Mercedes Roman
Mrs. Mercedes RomanGNRC Coordinator - Latin America and the Caribbean
Mercedes Roman is an Ecuadorian sociologist who has dedicated her work and life to women and children's rights.Currently she works from Ecuador as the Latin American Coordinator for the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and the UN Representative for Defence for Children International (DCI).She has a broad academic background with studies in anthropology, philosophy and sociology of religion (Central and Catholic Universities, Ecuador; and Louvain La Neuve, Belgium).She has worked with the ecumenical organization Church and Society in Latin America (Ecuador), The Theological Center (Catholic University of Talca, Chile), the Intercontinental Center in Louvain La Neuve (Belgium), the Ecumenical Commission on Human Rights (Ecuador), Defense for Children International, DCI (Ecuador and USA), and the Pastoral do Menor (Paraiba, Brazil).Ms. Roman founded the DCI Section in Ecuador and was its first President and CEO, then represented DCI at the UN for six years.She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.She and her husband Thomas Bamat have been Maryknoll Lay Missioners since 1982, and have three children.Ms. Roman has been involved with the GNRC since the early planning phases before the First Forum where she served as the Chairperson for the Group on Education.In developing the GNRC in Latin America, she has involved both Catholic and Protestant organizations, as well person and groups from other religions focusing on violence and poverty.
Catholic Media Report, 3 Dec 2007 [cached]
"There are many examples of how the Convention on the Rights of the Child has changed conditions for the better in many countries," said Mercedes Roman, an Ecuadorian sociologist and U.N. representative for Defense for Children International (DCI), according to Church World Service.CWS is one of the more than 50 sponsors of the conference.
Roman noted the increase in the number of children attending schools as governments begin to realize that education leads to social and cultural development.
"I can say that there has been some progress toward the reign of God in some areas," she acknowledged."The understanding of children as persons with rights is growing."
However, Roman said that in some parts of the world the conditions of children has remained the same or has even worsened.
In Africa the number of HIV children is growing as is the number of children trafficked and sexual abused.Roman also reported that drug abuse is a growing problem among children and in many places children are becoming sexually active at younger ages.
GNRC Latin America - Contact, 24 May 2008 [cached]
Mercedes Roman Coordinator, GNRC Latin America and the Caribbean Tel: (+593-2) 223-1004 or (+593-2) 254-8542
Houston's Progressive Forum, 23 Dec 2000 [cached]
Next Lilian Care's segment, "A Bird's Eye View," will feature Mercedes Roman, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, whose work for the past 10 years has been in the field of children's rights.Mercedes, a native of Ecuador now living in New York, is a representative at the UN, and is working to get the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Children.
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