Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, a human rights activist and the first woman to seek the Mexican presidency, will speak in Columbia's Wilde Lake village tomorrow about her country's economy and human rights policies.
Now a federal deputy in the Mexican National Congress representing the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, Mrs. Ibarra will talk during a 7:30 p.m. program at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. The Howard County Friends of Central America and the Caribbean is one of several human rights groups sponsoring her visit.
Leslie Salgado, an organizer, said that Mrs. Ibarra is visiting so Americans can "see how policies -- in many cases supported by the U.S. government -- are mistaken policies that are usually helping a small minority of people get richer."
A former homemaker, Mrs. Ibarra became a human rights activist in 1975 when her 21-year-old son, Jesus, was arrested at an anti-government rally and later disappeared, supporters said. He has not been seen since.
Seeking to bring about change, Mrs. Ibarra, whose physician husband was tortured, helped form a group for mothers of disappeared children.
In 1982, she became the first woman in Mexico to run for president. Four years later, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
"She's an incredible woman," Mrs. Salgado said. "I'm thrilled that this woman is coming."
For more information, call Mrs. Salgado at (410)-381-4899 or (301)-596-7877.
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