#NosDuelen56: Solidarity actions for International Women’s Day

Postcard - Hogar Seguro

March 8th, 2018 – International Women’s Day (IWD) – marks the tragic 1 year anniversary of the Hogar Seguro fire, which claimed the lives of 41 girls and young women in Guatemala and left 15 others severely injured. We’ll be joining our efforts with a global solidarity action #NosDuelen56 being coordinated by Guatemalan organizations to demand justice for these lives that were lost or forever changed. Nos duelen 56 roughly translates to “we mourn 56.” We encourage actions on March 8th, as well as throughout the month of March! 

If there are already IWD events happening in your community, we encourage you to make connections to the Hogar Seguro case. Here are some additional suggestions actions:

(1) Send the postcard below to Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. We’ve included two versions of the postcard: The first version (here) already has our asks and just needs the sender’s address and signature, while the blank version (here) has room to add your own message. Another option is to write your own letter using the key messages and asks from the postcard. No postage required to send!

(2) Share a picture of your solidarity actions on twitter using the hashtag #NosDuelen56 (or email it to me at BTSMaritimesCoordinator (at) gmail.com to post). For example, take a picture with your committee holding up solidarity messages.
(3) Tweet to Chrystia Freeland @cafreeland. Here’s a sample tweet:
1 year later, there is still no justice for the 56 girl victims and survivors of the #HogarSeguro fire in Guatemala. It’s time for the Canadian government to speak out about this and call for justice in these cases! #NosDuelen56 @cafreeland
Write to us at BTSMaritimesCoordinator (at) gmail.com to let us know about your actions! The Antigonish committee, for instance, will be speaking at the IDW march in their community about the case and have several other actions planned.
(1) Check out the our handout (here) for more information on the case!
(2) Artists globally have created art honouring each of the victims of the fire, which you can check out here.
(3) Check out this video, which provides an overview of the case in Spanish. Please note that some of the audio is from the night of the fire and difficult to listen to.


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