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Latin America & Caribbean

Human rights defender's story: Cynthia Palacios Reckziegel, from Argentina

Cynthia Palacios Reckziegel works in international advocacy for the Center of Legal and Social Studies (CELS) in Buenos Aires. She shared her hopes for a future in which women in Argentina can access reproductive health services without being discriminated.

Speaking to ISHR, Cynthia described the powerful inspiration she drew from taking part in the movement that achieved the legalisation of abortion in Argentina, in 2020 – a memory that deeply resonates with her to this day.

Cynthia was also among the 16 defenders that took part in ISHR’s Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP) in June 2023. She shared her thoughts on the course and on the inspiration and knowledge she drew from her peers: