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    Gender and Sexuality Groups Rally for Greater Gender Equality in Venezuela Nov 29th 2012, by Daniel Rojas - Agencia Venezolana de Noticias [image: Monday’s
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      Gender and Sexuality Groups Rally for Greater Gender Equality in Venezuela

      Nov 29th 2012, by Daniel Rojas - Agencia Venezolana de Noticias
      [image: Monday�s rally in Caracas (AVN)]

      Monday�s rally in Caracas (AVN)

      Caracas, 26 Nov. AVN - Chanting, �Free at home, free in the street�,
      �Neither silenced nor silent�, and �Against personal attacks, social
      defence� members of the Feminist Spider network gathered in front of the
      Attorney General�s Office, near Carabobo Park, to carry out a series of
      activities for the International Day against Violence against Women on
      Monday.

      The rally was based on inclusive principals and brought together diverse
      collectives, such as Divas of Venezuela, FALDAS in Revolution, the
      Revolutionary Diverse Sexuality Alliance, Contra Natura, and Autana Tepui.

      *Greater inclusion for the transsexual community*

      Rummie Quintero, the president of the collective Divas of Venezuela, an
      organisation which defends the human rights of transgendered and
      transsexual people, said that with slow but firm steps the LGBTI community
      has won greater visibility and respect as well as the recovering of public
      spaces and an increase in political impact. Though she highlighted such
      advances, she also talked about other issues which needed special attention.

      �We should continue investigating what is happening on Avenue Libertador,
      where they kill our (trans) comrades and their fundamental rights aren�t
      respected. The Attorney General�s Office, since 2001, took on the issue of
      the killing of trans people because we organised protests and some people
      who had killed transsexuals were arrested, but we shouldn�t wait until they
      are killed before taking on the situation,� Quintero said.

      She demanded that the National Bolivarian Police (PNB) increase its
      patrolling in certain areas such as Avenue Liberatador, where the presence
      of female transsexuals is more visible.

      �The PNB has to be there, giving them security. They are there because
      there is a social demand for them,� she said, while on a placard nearby one
      could read, �Trans people are also violated by machismo, District
      Attorney�s Office, get on it!�

      *Legalisation of abortion is a pending debt*

      Representing FALDAS in Revolution (Feminists in Free and Direct Action for
      Safe Abortion), Tatiana Rojas affirmed that over the last 14 years gender
      equality has advanced, but it is also important to reinforce certain
      mechanisms in order to guarantee that equality.

      �Many advances have been made under the revolution. We feel that the
      Organic Law for the Rights of Women to a Life Free of Violence is
      fantastic, the problem is that there have been many problems in
      implementing it. The number 0800-MUJER that the women�s ministry creates
      for denouncements isn�t working correctly. That�s why we want the
      revolution to be deepened in that regard,� she said.

      One historic debt that this collective hopes will be paid is the
      legalisation of abortion in all its forms, or as it�s also called, the
      legalisation of the voluntary interruption of pregnancy in all cases. In
      Venezuela abortion is illegal unless the life or health of the woman is at
      risk.

      �This is a debt that the revolution has with women. We have the example of
      the Cuban revolution, where one of the first actions they took was to
      legalise abortion,� she said.

      Rojas commented that not regularising abortion in Venezuela could be
      conceived as a form of violence, and a way of criminalising the practice.

      �What that does is marginalise women, into secrecy. It�s a problem of
      public health, because by not being legal, women end up doing it
      themselves, often with unsafe methods,� she said.

      That�s why the FALDAS in Revolution collective creates the Safe Information
      Abortion line 0426 1169 496, a public and free service that provides
      information about voluntarily interrupting a pregnancy.

      *Against media objectification of women*

      The objectification of women in the media was also denounced on Monday
      afternoon by the ecological collective Autana Tepui, which was created at
      the Bolivarian University of Venezuela (UBV), and is made up of twenty
      people. Their spokesperson, Yoselin Ariza, held up a placard which read,
      �Media, we�re sick of your violations�.

      �We�re tired of the media of mass manipulation, which day after day shows
      programs that attack women. We call on the National Telecommunications
      Commission (Conatel) to watch the programming of this media, as women are
      used as objects, like a product, on a daily basis. They sell women that are
      made of plastic, that have been operated on. We�re sick of this,� she said.

      The International Day against Violence against Women was declared in the I
      Feminist Meeting in Latin American and the Caribbean, held in Bogota
      Colombia in July 1981. At the event, women denounced domestic based gender
      violence, rape, and sexual assault, as well as torture, and abuse suffered
      by political prisoners.

      *Translated by Tamara Pearson for Venezuelanalysis.com. This article has
      been slightly abridged.*
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      *Source URL (retrieved on 29/11/2012 - 11:04am):*
      http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/7514


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