Mujeres invisibles: el rostro de las mujeres invisibilizadas por la crisis en Venezuela (Español/English)

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El próximo 25 de marzo, a las 10:00 AM (Hora del Este) se realizará en el marco del Sexagésimo quinto período de sesiones de la Comisión de la Condición Jurídica y Social de la Mujer (CSW65) el evento paralelo Mujeres invisibles: el rostro de las mujeres invisibilizadas por la crisis en Venezuela. 

En este panel en el que se hablará sobre cómo la emergencia humanitaria compleja y de derechos humanos ha dejado atrás las necesidades específicas de las mujeres en Venezuela. A través de seis grupos de mujeres en Venezuela mostraremos la crisis generalizada y su afectación diferenciada en las mujeres y las niñas. Estos grupos vulnerables que pertenecen a seis realidades distintas, pero a una misma crisis, pretenden mostrar el grave retroceso en derechos humanos de las mujeres en el país.

Las organizaciones de la sociedad civil de Venezuela, Prepara Familia, Unión Afirmativa, Centro de Justicia y Paz (Cepaz), Acción Solidaria, Funcamama y Uniandes, representan las necesidades de las madres cuidadoras, las mujeres lesbianas, mujeres de base, mujeres con VIH, mujeres defensoras, mujeres migrantes y refugiadas y mujeres pacientes oncológicas, por lo cual darán su testimonio en primera persona y hablarán sobre las necesidades urgentes de respuesta en los programas humanitarios.

La situación que vive Venezuela representa una crisis multidimensional. Con este panel, se busca mostrar como los derechos y necesidades de las mujeres son invisibilizados en seis áreas específicas. En este evento, se pretende visibilizar cómo actualmente existe un incumplimiento de la Plataforma de Acción de Beijing de 1995 y de sus 12 áreas clave, en las cuales se necesitaban medidas urgentes para garantizar una mayor igualdad y oportunidades para mujeres y hombres, niñas y niños. Las organizaciones de la sociedad civil venezolana que participan en este evento trabajan en el terreno, realizando documentación en el ámbito local y defensa de los derechos humanos y viven de primera mano las afectaciones de derechos a estos grupos específicos de mujeres, que muestran en qué medida la crisis en Venezuela es generalizada y multidimensional.

Con la participación de organizaciones venezolanas en este panel se busca propiciar una discusión entre organizaciones de la sociedad civil, organizaciones internacionales, representantes de misiones y agencias sobre las condiciones y prioridades de atención para el cumplimiento de los compromisos internacionales con respecto a mujeres y niñas en Venezuela. Esta discusión permitiría darle mayor visibilidad a problemáticas invisibles que afectan a las mujeres en Venezuela y que están estrechamente relacionadas con el cumplimiento de las metas de la agenda 2030, las áreas prioritarias de Beijing y la agenda de derechos humanos.

Este panel es organizado gracias a la cooperación entre organizaciones locales y organizaciones internacionales que participan por primera vez en este espacio internacional. El primer intento para la realización de este panel fue suspendido debido a las medidas tomadas por la pandemia de COVID-19

Con su participación en la CSW65 estas organizaciones buscan ampliar la participación de organizaciones de base y líderes locales en estos espacios de acción internacional y mostrar cómo las mujeres lideran en los espacios humanitarios atendiendo a la prioridad de participación que atiende la CWS65. Las organizaciones que harán presencia forman parte de la Red Naranja, una red amplia de organizaciones que trabajan por el derecho de las mujeres a una vida libre de violencia.

El evento también servirá para la presentación de un video que muestran los programas humanitarios y la experiencia comunitaria en una exposición visual que les permitirá a los asistentes vincular apoyos y conexiones concretas con el trabajo en el país y llevar esta discusión a una conversación más amplia en el ámbito internacional.

Objetivos
El propósito de este evento es:

Visibilizar la problemática que viven los distintos grupos de mujeres en Venezuela debido a la vulneración de sus derechos y de la crisis humanitaria compleja que atraviesa el país.
Fomentar la participación de organizaciones de base y de mujeres líderes en el nivel local en estos espacios de acción internacional.

Generar apoyo para los programas humanitarios implementados por estas organizaciones en Venezuela, los cuales benefician a distintos grupos de mujeres.

Formato
• Este es un evento virtual que se llevará a cabo en el marco del NGO CSW65 Forum.
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CSW65 Forum. Puede registrarse aquí.
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Foro Virtual.
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Fecha
25 de marzo de 2021, 10am-11:30am (EST)

Agenda
La moderación del evento será realizada por Daniel Almeida (Care International).

Palabras de bienvenida de Louis A. Herman (WUNRN) (5 minutos)
Palabras de bienvenida de Jaana Rehnström (Kota Alliance) (5 minutos)
Intervención de Carolina Godoy, Centro de Justicia y Paz (Cepaz) (7 minutos)
Intervención de Quiteria Franco, Unión Afirmativa (7 minutos)
Intervención de Katherine Martínez, Prepara Familia (7 minutos)
Intervención de Luisa Rodríguez, Funcamama (7 minutos)
Intervención de Rosa Acevedo, Uniandes (7 minutos)
Intervención de Natasha Saturno, Acción Solidaria (7 minutos)
Sesión de preguntas y respuestas.

 

Invisible Women: the face of Venezuelan women ostracized by the crisis
Background

This panel will discuss how the specific needs of women have been disregarded in the complex humanitarian and human rights crisis in Venezuela. Through the testimony of Venezuelan women from six different groups, this event aims at showing that the generalized crisis has a differentiated impact on women and girls. These vulnerable groups, which show six different realities but suffer the same crisis, intend to demonstrate the serious setback in the human rights of women in the country.

The Venezuelan civil society organizations, Prepara Familia, Unión Afirmativa, Cepaz, Accion Solidaria, Funcamama and Uniandes, represent the needs of caregiving mothers, lesbian women, grassroots women, women with HIV, women human rights defenders, migrant and refugee women and women who are cancer patients. They will give their first-hand testimony and they will discuss some urgent response needs in humanitarian programs.

The situation in Venezuela represents a multidimensional crisis. With this panel, the aim is to show how the rights and needs of women are invisible in six specific areas. This event intends to make visible how there is currently a breach of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action and its 12 key areas according to which urgent measures were needed to guarantee greater equality and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. The Venezuelan civil society organizations that participate in this event work on the ground, documenting the situation at the local level and defending human rights. Therefore, they experience first-hand the violations of rights to these specific groups of women that show to what extent the crisis in Venezuela is generalized and multidimensional.

With the participation of Venezuelan organizations in this panel, the aim is to foster a discussion between civil society organizations, international organizations, representatives of missions and agencies on the conditions and priorities of care for the fulfillment of international commitments regarding women and girls in Venezuela. This discussion would allow to give greater visibility to invisible problems that affect women in Venezuela and that are closely related to the fulfillment of the goals of the 2030 agenda, the priority areas of Beijing and the human rights agenda.

This panel is organized thanks to the cooperation between local and international organizations participating for the first time in this international space. The first attempt to hold this panel was suspended due to the measures taken by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With their participation in CSW65, these organizations seek to expand the participation of grassroots organizations and local leaders in these spaces for international action and show how women lead in humanitarian spaces, taking into account the priority of participation that CWS65 addresses. The organizations that will be present are part of the Red Naranja, a broad network of women’s organizations that work to protect women’s right to a life free of violence.

The event will also serve for the presentation of a video showing humanitarian programs and community experience in a visual exhibition that will allow attendees to link concrete supports and connections with work in the country and lead this discussion to a broader conversation in the international arena.

Objectives:
The purpose of this event is:

• To make visible the problems experienced by different groups of women in Venezuela due to the violation of their rights and the complex humanitarian crisis that the country is going through.
• To encourage the participation of grassroots organizations and women leaders at the local level in these spaces for international action.
• To generate support for the humanitarian programs implemented by these organizations in Venezuela, which benefit different groups of women.

Format:
• This is a virtual event that will take place within the framework of the NGO CSW65 Forum.
• Please note that you must have a profile on the NGO CSW65 virtual platform to register for this event. You can register here.
• Attending the Forum is totally free and open to the public.
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• After you log into your profile, you’ll have full access to all Virtual Forum events.
• You can find our event here.

Date:
March 25, 2021, 10 am-11:30am (EST)

Agenda:
The event will be moderated by Daniel Almeida (Care International).

• Welcoming remarks by Louis A. Herman (WUNRN) (5 minutes)
• Welcoming remarks by Jaana Rehnström (Kota Alliance) (5 minutes)
• Presentation by Carolina Godoy, Centro de Justicia y Paz (CEPAZ) (7 minutes)
• Presentation by Quiteria Franco, Unión Afirmativa (7 minutes)
• Presentation by Katherine Martínez, Prepara Familia (7 minutes)
• Presentation by Luisa Rodríguez, Funcamama (7 minutes)
• Presentation by Rosa Acevedo, Uniandes (7 minutes)
• Presentation by Natasha Saturno, Acción Solidaria (7 minutes)
• Questions and Answers

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Con Ellas/For Women, a platform to support women and girls affected by crisis in Venezuela

 

 

Formed by five human rights organizations, “For women” is a platform to support women and girls affected by crisis in Venezuela

Under the name “Con Ellas/ForWomen”, five human rights organizations in Venezuela presented an initiative in New York that seeks to strengthen and prioritize humanitarian programs aimed at women and girls in the South American country.

These are five civil society organizations: Funcamama, Acción Solidaria, Prepara Familia, Centro de Justicia y Paz (Cepaz) and Unión Affirmativa, which agree on the need to prioritize the care of girls and women, who are the most affected by the current complex humanitarian emergency in Venezuela. In view of this situation, they decided to launch an international action to channel support and aid.

These five organizations presented in New York to international organizations some of the programs that each one carries out in Venezuela to take care of vulnerable populations, specifically girls and women, mitigating suffering and alleviating the damage they suffer. They also seek to make visible the situation of girls and women who have been most affected by the crisis and, therefore, require priority attention.

Institutions or companies that wish to collaborate with these organizations can do so through the “Con Ellas/ForWomen” initiative.

The money raised will be delivered to these organizations which, with their humanitarian programs, supported more than 90,000 women in 2019. It is important that you identify your donation with the hashtag #ConEllas so that it can go directly to women’s programs. Thank you!

 

There are two options for donating  

1. Wire Transfer/Direct Deposit  (See image below)

2. GoFundMe. https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/for-women-con-ellas

Acción Solidaria

Acción Solidaria is a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1995, whose mission has been to reduce the social impact of the HIV epidemic, through comprehensive responses in the areas of prevention, care and public advocacy.

However, following the Complex Emergency established in Venezuela since 2015, in 2016 the organization opened two new programs: the first one is for Humanitarian Aid, where medicines, food and medical supplies are brought in and distributed through our Community Services Center (CSC) which benefits 1,692 people monthly (on average) of which 65% are women. Through our network of allies we reach about 89,000 people monthly. The second program, is a Legal Departmen for Human Rights, which has obtained 3 precautionary measures of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for more than 50 people with HIV and hemophilia, and provides free legal advice to women and men with HIV.

Funcamama

The foundation for the fight against breast cancer, FUNCAMAMA has been working since 2002 on awareness, diagnosis, treatment and emotional support. The Funcamama Health Center has been operating for 15 years, serving 3,500 people per month, with a team of 53 specialist doctors and 5 diagnostic units.

When the Complex Humanitarian Emergency was established, in response to attention in 2018, it institutionalized the humanitarian program for free drug delivery. In the last quarter of 2019, it delivered an average of 1,500 weekly units, more than 18,000 in the quarter.

In 2019, Funcamama has diagnosed 482 new cases of breast cancer in people who do NOT have access to care and treatments by the Venezuelan health system.

The proceeds from our activity will be invested in expanding and subsidizing diagnostic services (mammography, breast ultrasound and mastology consultation), sampling for biopsies, processing, and analysis of genetic load by Immunostochemistry and treatment.

Unión Afirmativa

Unión Affirmativa is a non-profit civil association, registered in Venezuela on November 24, 2000. Its mission and objectives are: a) the promotion, dissemination and defense of the collective and diffuse rights of sexual minorities, these being understood as the fundamental human rights that every natural person enjoys, tending towards the absolute equality of this group with respect to the rest of society in Venezuela; b) Stimulate and facilitate the collection of objective and truthful information about the reality of sexual minorities, in order to achieve the object contained in the previous section; c) Develop any type of activity of lawful nature, which aims to achieve the main objectives of the Association; d) promote compliance with international human rights standards that protect people against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

 

Within the framework of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency, we have been focused on documenting the violation of human rights of LGBTI people. We offer our users counseling and referral to psychological, legal and social services. Likewise, we seek to promote the labor inclusion of LGBTI people and the recognition of their labor rights according to international human rights standards. We provide educational services through education and training workshops on human rights.

 

Prepara Familia

Prepara Familia is an organization committed to promoting values, serving women and the neediest families, contributing to the construction of a solidary and more just society, accompanying the defense and awareness of their rights. It was founded as a grassroots organization, working hand in hand with doctors, family members and children hospitalized at the JM de los Ríos Hospital and since its foundation it has worked intensively for the rights of mothers, children and teenagers. The work in litigation for human rights has been fundamental so that international organizations can provide protection measures to the hospital where Prepara Familia develops his actions.

Centro de Justicia y Paz, Cepaz

Cepaz is a non-profit organization that works in the promotion and defense of democratic values, human rights and the culture of peace in Venezuela. It seeks to generate alternative proposals for the formation and promotion of peace, democracy and human rights. Under this mandate, its main areas of action are citizen and women’s empowerment, activism networks and promotion of the culture of peace. Likewise, it develops specialized work for vulnerable populations, focusing on women and girls. With its combined program in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, it serves women victims of gender violence and accompanies grassroots women in impoverished areas to boost their leadership and awareness of rights, as well as supporting them in the generation of organizational processes that generate well-being and assistance in the community in areas such as water, food, violence, sexual and reproductive health, among others.

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