Stories written by Daniela Estrada
Daniela Estrada joined IPS in 2004 and has been the Santiago correspondent since July 2006. Also in 2006, her story titled "Pascua-Lama sí, pero no tocar glaciares" was singled out among 24 others from all over the world to receive the Project Censored Award from Sonoma State University in California. Born in Santiago in 1981, Daniela Estrada has a degree in journalism from the Universidad de Chile and has worked for several media outlets in the field of technology.

President Sebastián Piñera and three expectant mothers at installation of presidential commission. Credit: Chilean President's Office

CHILE: Maternity Leave – Longer, or for All Working Mothers?

"In Chile, women carry the entire burden of maternity," says teacher Fabiola Quiñones, who applauds the government's proposal to extend pre- and post- natal leave to six months -- but only if all new mothers who work can have that option.

Cape Town's Green Point Stadium, one of the venues for the 2010 football championship. Credit: Public domain

Fouls and Goals for Climate Change at World Cup

South Africa, where the FIFA Football World Cup is to kick off Jun. 11, has introduced cleaner transportation, while Brazil is planning ecological stadiums for the championship it will host in 2014. But these and other initiatives clash with the countries' overall environmental performance.

Pindo palm nursery in Rocha, Uruguay. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

URUGUAY: Environmental Partners

A wide range of strategies are being followed in the southeastern Uruguayan province of Rocha to counteract the environmental damages of activities like soy cultivation, plantation forestry and tourism. But challenges abound.

Agro-Tech Alone No Panacea for Food Insecurity

Providing technology to communities to ensure food security doesn't work if local traditions and social dynamics are not taken into account, concluded the participants in a forum here at the Fourth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility.

Yolanda Contreras, weaving traditional cotton from Peru. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

More Funds, Less Red Tape, NGOs Tell GEF Assembly

Civil society organisations called for more funds, less bureaucracy and greater decision-making power, at the opening of the Fourth Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly Monday in this Uruguayan resort town.

CHILE: Quake Survivors Don’t Want to Be Forgotten

"The situation is critical," said activist Iván Salazar, referring to the slow progress in providing emergency housing to people left homeless in his native Cauquenes, one of the Chilean towns hit hardest by the devastating Feb. 27 earthquake.

CHILE: Gender Equity Progress Blocked by Hard-Core “Machismo”

More than 60 percent of Chileans surveyed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are opposed to full equality between women and men, according to a new national report released by the agency on Friday.

Computer model of the E-ELT telescope.  Credit: Courtesy of the European Southern Observatory

ASTRONOMY: Big Southern Eye in Search of Extraterrestrial Life

The construction of the world's largest telescope in the northern region of Antofagasta could make Chile an international leader in astronomy research and provide a launch pad for developing other scientific disciplines.

The media laws in Argentina and Venezuela are very different, says Martín Becerra.  Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Q&A: Exposing the “Masters of the Word” in Latin America

If control of the media was not so heavily concentrated in Latin America, the situation of inequality in the region would be more actively challenged, says Martín Becerra, an Argentine media specialist who presented his latest research study here in the Chilean capital this week.

Training Young Mapuche Filmmakers in Chile

"I want to film the few untouched natural resources we have left and show the injustices that have been committed against our communities," Claura Anchio, who took part in an innovative free filmmaking course for young Mapuche Indians in Chile, told IPS.

LATIN AMERICA: Foreign Investment on the Rise, But Still “Low-Quality”

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to Latin America and the Caribbean, which fell 42 percent in 2009 due to the global economic crisis, will grow 40 to 50 percent this year, says a new report released by ECLAC Wednesday.

Computer model of the E-ELT telescope. - Courtesy of the European Southern Observatory

Big Southern Eye in Search of Extraterrestrial Life

Chilean scientists are touting the benefits of the European Southern Observatory's choice of this country for a site to scan the far reaches of the universe.

Chile Shaken by Sex Abuse Allegations against Revered Priest

A small group of feminists demonstrated outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in the Chilean capital Thursday to express their condemnation of an influential Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing at least five teenagers.

CHILE: Business Tax Hike – Short-term or Permanent?

Chile's right-wing President Sebastián Piñera is seeking congressional approval of a plan to finance the reconstruction of the country in the wake of the devastating Feb. 27 quake, which includes a temporary tax on business that the centre-left opposition would like to make permanent.

Judge Baltasar Garzón Credit: Presidencia de Argentina

Latin America Feels the “Garzon Effect”

Latin America owes Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón, who is facing prosecution in his country for trying to investigate Franco-era abuses, for the groundbreaking invocation of legal principles that have led to trials for crimes against humanity in Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Peru and Uruguay, human rights lawyers say.

Bolivian participants in the Klimaforum 2009, held during the December climate change conference in Copenhagen. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

CLIMATE CHANGE: Voice of Civil Society Loud and Clear in Cochabamba

The success of the climate change conference taking place in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba will depend on how unified civil society ultimately is in its efforts to influence the United Nations climate summit, in Mexico, say Latin American activists.

participants in the People's Climate Movement, Klimaforum 2009, in Copenhagen. - Daniela Estrada/IPS

Civil Society's Voice Loud and Clear in Cochabamba

Activists from across the Americas are in Bolivia for an event with little government participation. They are looking for ways to join forces ahead of the next global climate summit, to be held in Mexico at the end of this year.

CHILE: Rebuilding Smiles

Alongside crucial emergency relief efforts, numerous organisations are offering free movies, concerts, plays, comedy performances and other cultural events aimed at lifting the spirits of people suffering the after-effects of the earthquake and tsunami that struck central and southern Chile on Feb. 27.

Sonia Montaño, head of ECLAC's Division for Gender Affairs. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

Q&A: Equality for Women – “The Core of the Problem is Care”

"Women help to reduce poverty and raise family incomes, but they pay too high a price for it, because in every country their working days are longer than men's," said Sonia Montaño, head of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's (ECLAC) Division for Gender Affairs.

CHILE: Custody Decision Violated Lesbian Judge’s Rights

The attorneys representing Chilean Judge Karen Atala, a lesbian who brought her case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights claiming discrimination in the loss of custody of her three daughters, accused the Chilean state of sending out "unequivocal" signals of a lack of will to implement the regional body's recommendations.

LATIN AMERICA-EU: Labour Pains

Trade with the European Union has not significantly improved the situation of workers in Latin America, in spite of its volume having doubled between 1990 and 2007, according to a study by two Chilean academics.

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