Cindy Lamoureux MLA for Burrows
Why is sharing human rights stories important?
Because it keeps the conversation going. We must never stop sharing stories, or holding rallies or community events. If we silence the stories, we silence the fight.
What change do you hope your involvement will bring to society?
My biggest focus is to help my constituents. I was elected to be their voice in the Manitoba Legislature. In doing so, I will continue to engage in conversations, highlight concerns and fight for their issues daily.
What was your biggest source of strength and motivation as you continued your journey to advocate for gender rights?
One of my biggest motivations, is knowing and seeing that anything is possible. More and more women are getting involved in politics, and even more are getting elected. A prime example is how many women have been elected as MLA’s in Manitoba, compare that number to men over the years. Seeing those numbers continue to grow is a source of strength for me and future politicians.
What do you believe is the most effective way to fight for human rights or raise awareness?
By doing just that, continuing to fight, continuing to engage in positive conversations, and never stop raising awareness – essentially we must never go silent. Manitobans have a long history of standing up for human rights, and I believe this trait will only grow stronger in the future.
Why did you get involved in the movement? a specific story or person?
As an elected official, I was invited to an Equal Voice event, and the first event I attended, everyone was so welcoming and passionate. I left the event feeling inspired, and frankly I believe in order to accomplish greatness in this world, we need to surround ourselves with others who share that level of passion. I feel like the Equal Voice movement has empowered myself in certain ways, and it has certainly empowered young women and girls across the country.
Where can young people start to fight for human rights?
Right here at home. Keep having conversations, keep organizing community events, keep building groups and associations – and most importantly keep raising awareness. We as women NEED to be here for each other. We need to offer supports to each other, whenever and wherever needed.
What is your life motto?
Switch foot lyrics, “This is your life, are you who you want to be”
Superpower you wish you had and why?
If I could have any super power, it would be to be fluent in every language. That way I could communicate with anyone and everyone.
Any tips for someone wanting to become a human rights advocate?
Be aware that you will receive criticism but be confident and well researched