Women Crossing the Line - December 2012

Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic
, Guatemala

Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, known as Lolita is a leader of the Council of K’iche’ Peoples in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth and Territory (CPK). Her organization groups 87 communities and their traditional authorities that work to protect their lands, resources and territory.
Jean Stokan
, United States

Women are too often the object of violence and the face of poverty,” explains Jean Stokan, Director of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team. Given women’s marginalization due to racism, sexism and their socio-economic status, it is no surprise that working to free women from these oppressive forces is among the five priority concerns of the Sisters of Mercy.