La Lucha: a Graphic Novel About a Mexican Human Rights Defender

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

Lucha Castro an every-day life heroine.

Irish non-profit Front Line Defenders has launched its first graphic novel dedicated to the difficult and dangerous work of a defender of women’s human rights. This first series is called La Lucha and tells the true story of an every-day heroine who has grappled with a corrupt system of justice: Lucha Castro.

Her story begins 15 years ago when she was running her own business in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, when the financial crisis of the 90’s opened her eyes to the social problems left by the economic crash. From that point on, she began to fight to protect the rights of those – especially women – who lost their homes.

That was not her only concern at that time. Femicides – the targeted murdering of women – near the border were becoming increasingly common. This prompted her to help mothers, daughters and relatives who had lost loved ones to this scourge. In 2005 she inaugurated The Center for Women’s Human Rights (CEDEHM), a place where she gives legal advices and documents aggression against women from northern Mexico.

“I am convinced that it is through acts of love and justice that we can proclaim the scandal of all the unjust acts imposed on women, represented by all forms of violence, many of them hidden”.

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Although her work has led to her receiving death threats, she has never given up on a case. For this reason, Front Line Defenders has used her inspiring story to publish its first nonfiction graphic novel dedicated to human rights defenders around the world.

The book is being published by Verso in American and British bookstores. At the moment, it is only available in English but it will soon be released in Spanish for Mexico, Spain and Latin America.

"This book gives evidence of the risks and adversities human rights defenders across the world have to face to make the rights of their communities a reality", Adam Shapiro, Head of Campaigns at Front Line Defenders and co-author of the book, shared with México News Network.

It can also be downloaded in digital form from Front Line Defenders’ website: www.frontlinedefenders.org/la-lucha-donate . The book is available for a small donation to this organization dedicated to aiding human rights activists in dangerous situations around the globe.

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