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Background Information

Employment History

U.N. Representative

Defense for Children International

President and Chief Executive Officer

DCI

Latin American Coordinator for the Global Network of Religions

DCI

Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean

GNRC

Chairperson for the Group On Education

First Forum

Latin American Coordinator for the Global Network of Religions

Children

Affiliations

Founder
DCI

Representative
UN

Web References (17 Total References)


Catholic Media Report

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"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.


Ecumenical Advocacy Days - Speakers

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Speakers | Rev. Dr. Cliff Kirkpatrick | Marian Wright Edelman | Mercedes Roman

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Mrs. Mercedes Roman
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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.


GNRC presence in this country is ...

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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.

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Mercedes Román


Church World Service : International delegates and faith community petition Congress on issues threatening poorest children

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Featured speaker Mercedes Roman, an Ecuadorian sociologist and UN representative for Defense for Children International (DCI), told attendees, "There are many examples of how the Convention on the Rights of the Child has changed conditions for the better in many countries."

Roman, also Latin American Coordinator for the Global Network of Religions for Children, cited an increase in the number of children attending schools. She said, "Governments have begun to understand that education is the door to social and cultural development.
"I can say that there has been some progress toward the reign of God in some areas," she said. "The understanding of children as persons with rights is growing. More people and governments understand that when the status of women advances, the status of children advances."
But Roman said in some parts of the world, the condition of children has either stayed the same or worsened. "The number of children with HIV in Africa is growing, along with new means of trafficking in children and sexual abuse. Children are the primary victims of growing drug abuse, and in many places children are becoming sexually active at younger ages," she said.


Apostolos Campus Ministry

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"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.

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