Nobel Women’s Initiative together with Amnesty International Canada were pleased to host Martha Sánchez Soler of theMesoamerican Migrant Movement;Pilar Arrese Alcala of Centro Prodh; Brenda Rangel Ortizof Desaparecidos Justicia CA, andClaudia Medina Tamariz, a member of Breaking the Silence and survivor of sexual violence and torture. All four of these courageous Mexican women came to share their experiences and wisdom with Canadians at all levels.
Highlights of the delegation included:
- Courage and Crisis: Testimony from the Frontlines, a panel discussion at the University of Ottawa
- CBC Ottawa Morning radio interview with Martha Sánchez Soler on the risks to Central American migrants passing through Mexico
- Media articles in The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star on the need for Prime Minister Trudeau to urge Mexican President Pena Nieto to address the human rights crisis in Mexico
- Meetings with several parliamentarians, officials at Global Affairs Canada and the Prime Minister’s Office
The defensoras’ voices were heard loud and clear and their stories were shared widely. We now wait eagerly to see if our leaders were listening.
Neve: True amigos? Then Trudeau must press Mexico’s president on human rights, Ottawa Citizen, 24 June 2016.