Archive | May 2013

Violence in Mexico, 3 perspectives


#Yosoy132-Holanda invites you to the forum: ‘Violence in Mexico, 3 perspectives’

The event will be held on June 11 at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) from 13h-15h. (Kortenaerkade 12 , 2518 AX, The Hague)

Our guest speakers will be:

Dr. Rosalba Icaza,
specialised in the international political economy of transborder civic resistance to open/neo-liberal regionalism in Latin America.

Arsène van Nierop, founder of Stichting Hester,, whose work is remarkable in trying to prevent gender violence in Cd. Juárez.

-#yosoy132-Holanda, a Mexican protest movement centered around the democratization of the country and its media. It began as opposition to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto and the Mexican media’s allegedly biased coverage of the 2012 general election.

Feminicides in Cd. Juárez, violence against freedom of expression experienced by journalists, and repression of social protests in Mexico are some of the issues that will be explored during this event. Each of our speakers will bring their perspective on these matters. We hope you will be able to join us.

For more information, you can visit our event page, or email us at:

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Gender violence and hope in Ciudad Juárez: interview with Arsène van Nierop, president of Hester Foundation

‘Yo soy #132 Holanda’ was honoured to interview Mrs. Arsène van Nierop, founder and president of Hester Foundation (Stichting Hester). Stichting Hester was named after Arsène’s daughter, Hester van Nierop, who was found raped and murdered in a hotel room in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico in 1998, when she was nearly 28 years old. After a short holiday with her parents and younger sister, Hester was on her way to the United States, where she hoped to find an architecture internship. She never reached her destination. In 2004 Arsène van Nierop, Hester’s mother, decided to take action by founding the Foundation for Hester to fight the injustice to the women of Ciudad Juárez.


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