Today (Nov 28) we celebrate Lotta Hitschmanova’s 110th birthday with the news that over 1000 people have signed the petition. “Let’s put Lotta on a stamp”
Here is a sampling of the impact she had and why so many Canadians have signed this petition:
As part of Women’s History Month, Status of Women Canada has created an online gallery called
“Women of Impact in Canada.”
It is “dedicated to women’s achievements, featuring profiles of courageous women who have made an impact in politics, the arts and sciences, and countless other fields.”
Dr Lotta is one of 100 women recognized by the Government of Canada and has been included in the online gallery as a
Human Rights and humanitarian leader.
I hope this recognition will lead to many more Canadians, men and women, learning about her remarkable life story, and the
to this day. lasting impact she has had on her adopted society
“To be a refugee, to be without a home, to be without country, to be without friends … you have no more roots, you have no one to turn to.”
Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990) became one of Canada’s most beloved humanitarians and a role model and champion for women’s rights.
Before this, however, Lotta experienced the extreme pain of being uprooted, from her beloved Czech homeland, wandering across Western Europe as a refugee from 1938 to 1942.
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Lotta Hitschmanova, Cyprus, 1950s
“It seems to have been an instinctive desire on her part to bring out the leadership qualities she knew were in so many talented women she met, and an intuition that their ideas on human development would match her own.”
As millions of women and men around the world march to the cry of “women’s rights are human rights” – amid calls for greater tolerance, social justice, dignity and respect – a tiny candle of remembrance lights itself in honour of our women’s rights pioneers of times passed.
Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990) was one of those early pioneers.
Stephen Hammond has posted
on her birthday today, Nov 28. a tribute to Lotta
He has created a unique website. Here is how he describes it:
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