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MANAGUA—The Danish embassy in Nicaragua has presented an award to the Movimiento de Mujeres Maria Elena Cuadra (MEC), the Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Working and Unemployed Women, in recognition of the organization’s outstanding work in women’s empowerment.

The award was presented to MEC director Sandra Ramos, on behalf of the Embassy of Denmark in Nicaragua, in a torch light ceremony held here on August 4.

Founded in 1995, MEC is a leading advocate for women’s rights and labour rights in free trade zones, with several thousand women in its organizational network today. CUPE BC, through its partnership with CoDevelopment Canada, is among a group of Canadian unions that support MEC’s work.

We have worked together with all of you towards these achievements, so I am grateful for your solidarity with the fight for women’s rights, and I am also grateful to our trade union brothers and sisters who collaborate with CoDevelopment Canada,” Ramos said, in an e-mail to CoDev’s Carol Wood.

I would also like to thank the Board of CoDev, who enable the fight for women’s rights to be recognized.”

CUPE BC has supported several MEC campaigns, most recently last December’s successful, year-long fight to win severance pay for 300 laid-off workers of the Nicamex textile factory.