You can host a film screening to engage your friends and family on an issue related to Inter Pares’ programs.
Here is a list of ideas:
The struggle for justice: sexual violence against Q’echi women in GuatemalaOur Guatemalan counterpart, ECAP (Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y Acción Psicosocial, Community Studies and Psychosocial Action Team), documents the struggles for justice by two groups of Q’eqchi women who have survived sexual violence. The first group from Sepur Zarco were systematically raped and forced to be sexual slaves by military in the early 1980s. The second group are the plaintifss from the community Lote Ocho, where violent evictions and gang rape were carried out by mining company security personnel.
Health and Humanity: the global struggle for universal healthcareWatch this thought-provoking discussion about the challenges and successes in the battle for universal healthcare in Canada and the Philippines. As part of Inter Pares Annual Speaker Series, two leading activists, Mike McBane and Dr. Junice Melgar share their reflections and experiences in the struggle for access to quality healthcare.
Dr. Junice Melgar lives and works in the Philippines. She is the cofounder and executive director of Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health, an organization of grassroots and professional activists dedicated to transforming health policies and programs for women, based on social justice, women’s empowerment, and participatory democracy.
Mike McBane has 25 years of experience working in coalitions on issues relating to Medicare, privatization, food and drug safety, and economic justice. He has been National Coordinator for the Canadian Health Coalition, a public advocacy organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of Canada’s Medicare system.
Rising from the Ashes
Peru’s civil war, which raged from 1980 to 2000, killed more than 69,000 people and left hundreds of survivors of sexual violence, primarily indigenous women. Hidden from view high in the Andes, the brutality of the conflict shocked Peruvians when it was revealed in the 2003 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) report. The CVR also found that during the armed conflict, rape was used systematically by the army as a weapon against civilian indigenous women. Yet while women suffered, the conflict also spurred them to take on new roles, often as community leaders.
Inter Pares and Project Counselling Service (PCS) produced a 30-minute film, Rising From the Ashes, to share the inspiring story of four indigenous women. As survivors and activists, they are struggling to create a more just and peaceful society by seeking justice for past crimes, by providing mental health support to other survivors, and by promoting women’s leadership within their communities.
Rising From the Ashes was produced for Inter Pares in 2005 by Sound Development Productions, and is available in English, French, and Spanish. Contact us to get a copy.
Watch sample clips of Rising from the Ashes below: