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Venezuelan Feminists Protest Outside Guatemalan Embassy in Solidarity with 43 Girls Burned to Death

Venezuelan feminists protest outside Guatemalan embassy last week in solidarity with 43 girls killed in a shelter. (Aporrea TVI)

Venezuelan feminists protested outside the Guatemalan Embassy last Friday in solidarity with the 43 young girls that burned to death March 7th at a shelter near Guatemala City.

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Venezuelan LGBTQ Activists Denounce Homophobic Aggression by Government Official

Activist Leandro Villoria protests outside Carolina Cestari's office in downtown Caracas with poster that reads: "No t

Venezuela’s LGBTQ movement denounced the closure of a Caracas office tasked with safeguarding the human rights of the sex and gender diverse community last week.

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Voices from Venezuela’s International Women’s Day March

Venezuelan feminists organise against gender violence.
 (Rachael Boothroyd Rojas/Venezuelanalysis)

Three women indigenous and Afro-Venezuelan historical figures were ascended to the National Pantheon, while elsewhere feminists rallied to calls for an international women’s strike.

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Venezuela Legally Recognizes First Child with Two Mothers

Miranda (left) and Soto sign their marriage documents in Argentina. (Archive)

The Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) issued the country’s first birth certificate legally recognizing two Lesbian mothers as the parents of a child. 

 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Same-Sex Families in Landmark Ruling

“I am the Inclusion Revolution [play on words combining ‘revolution’ with ‘inclusion’]” (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ) ruled earlier this month that children of same-sex married couples are entitled to the full rights and protections guaranteed by the state under the nation’s constitution.

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Marriage Equality Faces Challenge from Right in Venezuela

Venezuelans participate in annual pride march. The rainbow colored posted reads: "I am Venezuelan, I am a citizen, I am a m

A conservative group filed their official opposition to same sex civil marriage and the right to legal identity modifications for transgender individuals last week.

 

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Venezuelan National Assembly Approves New Supreme Court Magistrates and Historic Grassroots Seed Law

Venezuela's National Assembly. (archive)

This Wednesday, Venezuela’s outgoing National Assembly approved 13 judges to the Supreme Court and passed the long-awaited “Anti-GMO and Anti-Patenting Seed Law”. 

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Venezuela's Maduro Launches Sexual Diversity Council

Activist groups argued sexual diversity rights should be a key priority of Venezuela's socialists. (Prensa Presidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro inagurated a new Presidential Council of Sexual Diversity in order to advance the rights of LGBT people and promised to pass a law against discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

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First Black Woman Independence Fighter is Honoured in Venezuela’s National Mausoleum

Juana’s symbolic remains are transported to the Venezuelan pantheon of heroes (AVN)

Revered independence combatant Juana Ramirez’s symbolic remains were transferred over to the Pantheon of Heroes this past Friday in an official state ceremony. The revolutionary commander, born into slavery in 1790, is the first black woman to have been granted this posthumous honour in Venezuelan history. 

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Venezuela Mourns Loss of Feminist Revolutionary Nora Castañeda

Nora Castañeda was one of Venezuela’s most celebrated feminist activists (PSUV)

Condolences and tributes have been pouring in from across Venezuela following news of Castañeda’s death on Saturday night.  

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Venezuelan Police Chief Apologizes for Homophobic Comments

Freddy Bernal being interviewed on Globovision. (Globovision)

Venezuelan politician Freddy Bernal made a public apology this weekend after a live television interview on Wednesday in which he said homosexual police officers should conceal their “sexual appetites” in the workplace.

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UPDATED: New Law to Combat Discrimination Against Venezuelans with HIV/AIDS

(archive)

A law protecting the equal rights of Venezuelan people living with HIV/AIDS and their families has been made official, after being approved by Parliament on August 14th.

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Venezuela Celebrates International Day to End Violence Against Women, Inaugurates Shelters

The official ceremony on Tuesday. (VTV)

Yesterday Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro signed a law recognizing femicide as a form of hate crime, and inaugurated two women’s shelters at a widely attended event in the nation’s capital.

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UN Women’s Conference in Geneva Highlights Venezuela’s Efforts Toward Gender Equality

A Venezuelan public media journalist breastfeeds as she works. Motherhood is celebrated in Venezuela with the third longest paid

On Tuesday, at the 59th United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva, Switzerland, chairperson Nicole Ameline praised Venezuela’s efforts and success in increasing gender equality.

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Revolutionary Students Demonstrate Against Venezuela’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

On the sidewalks surrounding the urban student housing, women and several male supporters hung colorful underwear-shaped banners

On Sunday, around 200 Venezuelans from various socialist collectives gathered in the student residences of Plaza Venezuela, in Caracas, to protest the country’s strict anti-abortion laws.

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