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Esther Chávez Cano receives human rights award

Mexico's Secretary of the Interior announced Wednesday in the official newspaper of the Federation that Esther Chávez Cano will win the 2008 National Prize of Human Rights, reported La Jornada.

The award, reported Zócalo Saltillo, was given to Chávez for her promotion and effective defense of individual rights.

The presentation ceremony will be Thursday at the official residence of Los Pinos, or The Pines, in Mexico City, reported La Jornada.

According to Zócalo Saltillo, Chávez has a 16-year trajectory of promoting the effective defense of human rights through the foundation Asociación Civil Casa Amiga Centro de Crisis.

La Jornada reported that Chávez took care, in an altruistic way, of many victims of sexual and domestic abuse, as well as their families. She also promoted respect between genders and brought forth the knowledge of the rights of women in Jalisco, Chihuahua and Mexico City.