Five of the top countries in the world with the highest youth homicide rates are in Latin America and the Caribbean. Violence impacts youth opportunities. On the one hand, violence negatively affects economies, education and employment. On the other, youth are overrepresented in crime statistics, both as perpetrators and as victims of violence.
Latin American youth experience widespread discrimination, UN study says
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Over two-thirds of young people in Latin America feel they suffer discrimination, partly because so many are poor and under-educated, according to a report released today by the United Nations office for the region. An average of 69 per cent of youths in Latin America said they have experienced discrimination, with over 20 per cent of those saying it had occurred because they were poor, the study — which was launched at the Ibero-American Summit in El Salvador — finds. The study, published by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America ECLAC and the Caribbean, nonetheless provided some optimism by pointing out that unemployment among youths has fallen across all income groups over the past decade. Young people are also at the forefront of communications and knowledge, said the study, while warning that the digital gap based on socio-economic and educational differences is notorious.
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