Norma Cruz Essay

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Norma Cruz- A Pioneer for Change For some unfathomable reason, women have consistently been viewed as inferior in many countries. This patriarchal ideology has led to some devastating and astounding crimes against women in Guatemala, where Norma Cruz works to support women who have endured acts of violence and provide legal support if women so choose. Norma’s triumphs have earned her the Woman of Courage Award, but her efforts have also brought terror into her own life as she now receives death threats regularly from those members of her society who envision her work as a threat to their customs and traditions. Therefore, she now cannot journey anywhere without a bodyguard, but that has not halted her progress towards an equitable society …show more content…
It started in her own living room with dingy resources and a lack of background in criminal justice (Jones). As Guatemala regularly fails to investigate the crimes against women, families of victims become exacerbated that they will never receive the truth or justice they and their loved one deserves, which led Norma to pursue these cases and solve them herself (Human Rights Defender at Risk). Along with her colleagues, Norma became quite skilled at unraveling cases, augmenting her hopes as well as the populace of women in Guatemala that a new dawn was arising with each conviction …show more content…
I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” Essentially, this encases everything Cruz, simply stated, is. Despite living and breathing in a country that tells her she could never be equivalent to a man, she fights for the freedom of every woman in Guatemala. Instead of blindly following Guatemala’s customs, she voices her concerns and acts upon them. Cruz apprehends the danger she has placed herself in, yet she also recognizes that unless she acknowledges Guatemala’s moral turpitudes, her society will never convert into a just one. For Thoreau and Cruz, this is demonstrating civil disobedience in the most ideal way possible

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