“When asked how it was that women from a so-called underdeveloped country were able to succeed in demanding wages for housework where European women had largely failed, Castañeda is clear: ‘‘We were revolutionary militants for 20 years before becoming feminists, that’s the difference between here and 1970s Italy.”
—We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, by George Ciccariello-Maher, page 136
First off, I’m left to ask some questions:
- Why is it an “underdeveloped” country? If a country can be as progressive as this, why do we call it ‘underdeveloped’? It’s such a strange comment.
- Moreover, how much are these women being paid, is also a good question, and do we have (a) proof that this is happening, and (b) any estimation of how many women are, in fact, receiving this pension?
Lastly, I will never understand why a country that removed the mandatory quota of women in public offices (a law that Chavez refused to maintain, by the by) and where a lot of the ongoing police violence seems to focus strongly on female victims, is lauded as some sort of feminist paradise.
Thankfully this sort of stuff has been dealt with enough I can literally c/p an answer to this from earlier instances of “such curious, very feminist, much social experiment, wow” from the internet.
Did you know that in order for a woman to denounce a violent crime committed against her she has to undertake a psychiatric evaluation? Not the male aggressor, but the female victim.
- There was a law back in the 90s that stated that at least 30% of positions democratically elected had to be filled by women to guarantee their participation. This law was annulled in 2000 (that was when Chavez had just got into power, in case you’re oblivious of that too) and then was completely ignored in following reforms of the law. Result: women make up only 17% of the National Assembly; only two have been elected governors (that’s less than 10%) and 24 majors (around 7%). All of those fall under Latin American and International standards. HMMM TASTE ALL OF DAT FEMINISM.
- Have I mentioned that abortion is illegal in Venezuela? Yeah… it’s even punishable by law. Time is anywhere between 6 moths to 2 years in prison… for the woman, up to three years for the doctor.
- Even though there is gender equality in regards to schooling…. women make up between 10 and 20% less money than men with the same education. That is: 0 to 5 years and 6 to 9 years of study (say, primary school and some middle school), women earn 20% less than a man with the same studying experience; 10 to 12 years of study or 13+ years of study (high school - finished or unfinished - and others), women still make 10% less than men. Obviously, the less studies you have the bigger the inequality. With a 25% increase of basic education tuition in the last 13 years, things are not looking good for underprivileged women. And there’s more! (see two points below)
- 14% of Maternal Deaths are of teenagers, and in 2009, out of all the babies born, around 24% were from teenage mothers. Teenagers: 10 to 19 years old. Giving birth. Girls that should be in school are getting pregnant (and dying). Hint: what they do is that they drop out of school. And if they come from a poor family they will stay poor (see previous point). And now remember abortion being illegal? ah yes, all that female empowerment!
- Speaking of staying poor, let’s talk about female poverty. In poor households, women-heads-of-household usually make up 50% less than men-heads-of-household, and they have to rely on other members of the family (usually their children) to make ends meet.
- It’s estimated that only 10% of women who are victims of gender violence report the crimes. In case you didn’t know, over 90% of crimes in Venezuela go unpunished.
- What’s even worse: there are no official statistics of gender violence in the country. But holding on to that 10% that do report the cases, I can give you this: in 2005 around 37.000 crimes against girls and women were reported in the country. Imagine all the ones that were unreported. Yeah, multiply that by 10, in a country with a population right under the 30 million. Educated guess: around 3 million crimes (let’s give some benefit of the doubt and cut it short), with a female population of 15 million. That would be around 20% of the female population being victims of gender violence [but remember, that’s just my guess].
And these are just some facts and numbers. You have no idea what it’s like being a woman in Venezuela.
Some good reading on this regard, too:
Oh, look. My answer was quoted.