Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Toronto ALPHA

Toronto ALPHA

October 18, 2013 11:00 ET

Media advisory: "Comfort Women" Survivor from Philippines Speaks Out for Human Rights at Toronto High Schools

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 18, 2013) - One of the last living survivors of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during the Second World War will speak to more than a thousand students of Northern Secondary School and Blessed Mother Teresa School on Monday, October 21, promoting human rights for women against wartime rape and human trafficking.

Lola Fidencia David, 86, is visiting Canada along with Cristina Lope Rosello, a Filipina therapist who helps former "comfort women" deal with the trauma of their past. The visit has been organized by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and the Toronto Association for Learning and the Preserving of History of WWII in Asia (ALPHA). Dr. Joseph Wong, founder of ALPHA, Dr. Clint Curle of the CMHR, and Joy Kogawa, Japanese-Canadian author, will also make brief remarks.

WHAT: "Comfort women" survivor, therapist speak at Toronto high schools
WHEN/WHERE: 9 a.m., Oct. 21, Northern Secondary School, 851 Mount Pleasant Road
12:15 p.m., Oct. 21, Blessed Mother Teresa School, 40 Sewells Road

David and Gates will also present to a Catholic Parish service at Forest Hill United Church on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. (2 Wembley Road); participate in a panel discussion at the University of Toronto, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 (New College, William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street); and lead a community conversation at the Barbara Frum Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 (20 Covington Road).

Opening in 2014 in Winnipeg, the CMHR is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum to be established in Canada since 1967 and the first built outside the National Capital Region.

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