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Features: Gender and Sexuality

The National Assembly of Venezuela Considers Demands of Gay Pride Marchers

 June 29, Pride street party in Caracas. (Arlene Eisen/Venezuelanalysis)

The LGBTI community of Caracas observed the 14th Annual Pride Weekend with at least two separate demonstrations. Despite their disunity, the National Assembly (AN) announced they would debate some of the demands of the LGBTI movement.

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Afrodescendant Group of Venezuela’s National Institute of Women Make Contact with Remote Community

From left to right: Yeisenia Soto, Gisela León and school staff. Photo by Arlene Eisen

Outsiders rarely visit Quebrada Fo Fa, an Afrodescendant community some 30 kilometers of unpaved road away from the main highway between Caracas and the better known coastal towns of Barlovento. On May 22, staff from the Afrodescendant Group of the National Institute of Women (INAMUJER), based in Caracas,  travelled to Quebrada Fo Fa  to establish ties with community members there.

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Venezuela Promotes Breastfeeding over Baby Food, Corporate Media Spins Out of Control

A Venezuelan public media journalist breastfeeds as she works. Such public breastfeeding is fairly accepted in Venezuela (blog.c

Venezuela’s national assembly is debating a reform to its breastfeeding law which could see baby food companies like Nestle fined in certain situations. The corporate media have reacted hysterically to the law, claiming that President Nicolas Maduro is “taking bottles from babies’ mouths”.

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Venezuela: The Dangers of a Revolution against a Woman’s Right to Abortion

“I can and must decide about my body, health and life. For our right to decide – safe abortion. 28 September campaign for th

In Venezuela, more people are opposed to abortion than they are to violence in a relationship. 87% of Venezuelans would criticise a 17 year old teenager deciding to get an abortion, a figure which is just slightly less than those who identify as Christian. This is not just a reflection of how strong an influence the Church still has in Venezuela, but also of how small the gains have been for women in this revolution in terms of sexual rights.

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Women Propel Venezuela’s Revolution Forward

While millions of poor and working-class people have since benefited from the Chavez government’s public works projects, social programs, and efforts to involve ordinary people in building a new society, women have benefited the most.

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