Lydia Cacho

(1963 on) – Journalist

From Mexico, Lydia Cacho is a fearless journalist and activist who has been attacked and whose life has been threatened on many occasions for exposing the crimes against and widespread oppression of women and girls in her native country. As well as her journalism and books about child pornography and paedophilia among other things, Lydia has founded a crisis centre and shelter for victims of sex crimes, gender-based violence and trafficking. She has been honoured by numerous international awards for her journalism and is still courageously ploughing this dangerous path of standing up for what is right. 

When I worked at International PEN in 2008, I met Lydia Cacho who was invited to be part of our annual literary festival. I was immediately struck by her verve for life and unfailing sense of humour, despite all that she has written about and experienced. A true role model.

Sharmilla Beezmohun

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