Carmen
Casco de Lara Castro

Carmen Casco de Lara Castro was a pioneering Paraguayan educator, politician and advocate for human rights, women’s rights, empowerment and equality.  She was also an outspoken opponent of the then repressive Paraguayan regime under Alfredo Stroessner. After a career in teaching from the 1930s to 1965, she was elected to serve on the 1967 Constitutional Assembly where she made her goal to add basic human rights to the Constitution. Casco notably founded the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights of Paraguay in 1967, the first independent human rights organization in Latin America, for which she served as President until she passed in 1993.

Over the course of her political engagement, as a senator then as president of the Senate, Casco was instrumental in passing legislations for pay equity and maternity rights. A year before her death in 1993, she was honored by the United Nations for her contributions to human rights and humanity and later the Paraguayan government would issue a stamp in her name in 2000.

 

Illustration by Hanjoon Kim

Paraguay

Ceramic materials have been one of the most popular art media of Paraguayan people from ancient times. Paraguayan people have used ceramic materials in a wide variety of ways, from the earthenwares to the spiritual practices. This illustration of Carmen Casco de Lara Castro is inspired by Paraguayan traditional ceramic artwork whose medium is terra-cotta clay. The pottery shape of Carmen Casco de Lara Castro protects other people, because she has fought for all women’s and human rights in Paraguay.

Total Area
406,752 km2 (60th)

Demonym
Paraguayan

Government
Unitary presidential constitutional republic

Population
6,783,272

Capital
Asunción

GDP (PPP)
$9,353