Each year the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers highlights sixteen women, men and organizations that standout in the fight against gender violence. Representing November 28th, is:
Feminist and Investigative Journalist
Lydia is an investigative journalist, a feminist and a leading defender of women’s and children’s rights in Mexico. As a result of her media exposes regarding child pornography and murders of women in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, Lydia has been arrested, detained, harassed, and assaulted while in custody.
Even amidst repeated threats to her life, Lydia has brought a court case before the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice to challenge government officials. A recipient of the Francisco Ojeda Award for Journalistic Courage, Lydia has been deeply involved with programs that help children deal with the impacts of emotional and physical abuse, as well as those that address non-violent conflict resolution.
Libertad Latina says:
[…A published author, her first book in 2005, entitled, “The Demons of the Eden, The Power That Protects Child Pornography” lead to a long series of acts of retaliation against her by the [child sex] trafficking network that she exposed.
This year, Cacho has published “Memories of an Act of Infamy.” In an intimate, diary-like tone, Cacho recounts, play by play, the acts of persecution and defamation that she suffered after publishing Demons of Eden.
For the past three years, Cacho has traveled by bulletproof car, accompanied by a permanent security detail.
Cacho was also recently honored as the 2008 laureate of this year’s UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize during a ceremony in Mozambique.
Barcelona, Spain – Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho today received the House of Catalonia’s Freedom of Expression Award. Accepting the prize, Cacho declared that winning honors is no protection from the death threats she faces from denouncing pedophilia [child sex trafficking] and corruption in Mexico…]
Lydia Cacho’s Exposé of Pedophilia Has Her Critics Up in Arms
By Manuel Roig-Franzia
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, April 1, 2007; D01
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