Wommu brought together leading women to consolidate its leadership program

Wommu brought together leading women to consolidate its leadership program

During the event, held within the framework of the week against gender violence, issues on visibility, challenges and challenges of women in Venezuela were discussed with the participation of leading women in social, political and economic areas.

Text: Liliana Rivas

Within the framework of the week against gender violence, the Wommu organization held the discussion “Meeting of References”, as a closing activity of its leadership program for women “Building in Feminine”.

The event was held at the Trasnocho Cultural Center and had the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Different female exponents who stand out in Venezuelan society participated in the activity.

During this meeting, Marialbert Barrios, representative of the wommu organization, highlighted the important work carried out by the program that spans 22 states and has trained more than 600 women in community leadership, activism, feminism and citizen participation over two years. “For us, the path we have traced is a huge achievement and although today is a challenge, the new goal is to build a common agenda to move forward together,” she commented.

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The participants shared with Venezuelan women leaders such as María Carolina Uzcátegui, businesswoman and former president of Consecomercio, who pointed out that the Venezuelan venture had a female signature and also recalled the importance of equity within the labor and economic spaces: “We have to remind men that we also have abilities, skills and abilities, that we are equal” said Uzcátegui.

During the morning, issues of female empowerment were addressed and the historical heritage and representation of Venezuelan women were also discussed, together with the historian and researcher Inés Quintero and the economist Adicea Castillo. “We are heirs to the fighters of our country from the 1930s,” Quintero said. Both professionals focused on the importance of building a memory where the effort and understanding of the female past in Venezuela is valued.

Through the conversation, the rights of women to safeguard their sexual and reproductive health were also discussed. The psychologist and coordinator of the Venezuelan Association for Alternative Sexual Education (Avesa) Magdymar León pointed out three important points to address in the women’s agenda for the next 2023: reproductive autonomy, the role of women in decision-making and active participation. and sensitive of men within future plans.

Subsequently, a question and answer session was held between women representing different political parties: Rinna Díaz for Voluntad Popular; Gabriela Matute, national director of the new generations of the Pencil Alliance; Daniela Loma from Cambiemos and Alejandra Bottini from the Youth of Democratic Action. For Wommu it meant creating a space for freedom of expression, sisterhood and meeting.

The activity ended with the participation of young people from the San Blas community in Petare, trained within the program, who spoke about motivations and dreams that they have developed together with the organization. “We want a Venezuela where women want to do things and can, and for those who find it difficult, we help them to achieve it,” were the closing words of 16-year-old Aray Arias.

Along the same lines of promoting female leadership, the Rebel Alliance Investigates (ARI)formed by digital media SuchWhichEl Pitazo, and Runrunes, created the page Leading Womenwhere you can get information on Venezuelan women experts in different areas of knowledge.

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