On Monday, the ” Diploma Course on Human Rights, Gender, Justice, and Peace” was held at the Casa Amarilla Antonio Jose de Sucre, located in downtown Caracas, within the framework of the participatory, protagonist, and co-responsible democracy. Various national government authorities participated and offered their approach to issues of collective interest related to peace and women as key and direct participants in the revolutionary process.
Integrating the inaugural panel of the diploma course were Carlos Ron and Ruben Molina, Vice Ministers for North America and Multilateral Issues of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry; Fernando Rodriguez, Vice Minister of Communes and Social Movements; Richard Delgado, Vice Minister of the Communal and Social Training System; Tania D’Amelio, Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice, and Maikely Ferrer, of the “Fundacion Genero con Clase” (Gender with Class Foundation).
The objective of the Diploma is to systematize the decolonial approaches to peace from the country’s perspective, achieving spaces of reference in the communal-social and participatory in line with the State, applying social-political strategies, and offering tools of human rights, gender justice, and peace from the Venezuelan vision.
In his speech, Deputy Minister Richard Delgado indicated that human rights training is systematic. “Somehow we come from that methodical (…) it is an inherited struggle and, it became a historical project in the agenda of the representative class”.
In the times of [Marcos] Perez Jimenez, some communities died in the struggle for their lands, he asserted, “and in these times, the Government works for the people. It is a debt we have with us in defense of human rights because we are moving towards a phase of citizen promotion”.
Vice Minister Delgado commented on the importance of the formation of conscience to exercise it in action as dictated by the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. “We know how difficult it is to fight for our rights over time. It is a crucial issue in the situation we are in today, as is the pandemic. And in Venezuela, it was our turn to live it in a situation of siege and war, with a systematic attack that caused the death of more than 40 thousand people.”
“We have to transform the cultural model of the nation,” he suggested and added that “women took control of what is the protagonist participation and made it their banner of struggle (…) This Government project has been part of something historic where we have the task of promoting a collective conscience of right before the enemy that has not lowered its guard to give continuity to the Bolivarian project”.
For her part, Judge Tania D’Amelio thanked everyone for their participation. “We must socialize our experiences and knowledge to share. This Diploma must link to women’s work, which has been impressive, in peace and democracy,” she said.
“We carried out a process of characterization of the Popular Power to work with the Justices of the Peace, to strengthen this issue, demonstrating that 80% of the permanent electoral commissions were women”, reported the Magistrate.
Next, Maikely Ferrer, from the Gender with Class Foundation, argued about the incidence of the constant attack on boys and girls at this time and how has been the evolution of women’s participation in the culture of peace and equality in anti-patriarchal territories. “Women are builders of peace. It is what we want to transmit to organizations that fight for peace and gender equality worldwide.”
Finally, Carlos Ron, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America, reflected that the struggle for human rights is so hard for many countries because they try to erase the strain to build a culture of peace. “It is a duty to make this Diploma in this country under siege (…) The forces that oppose this process have realized women’s role and leadership. That is why they want to divide it, to place some liberal guidelines that respond to other interests”.
This Diploma will last four months. Each space will last 90 minutes and parts into four modules: virtual modality, which will identify elements of peace from a critical approach; the second module will work on concepts of peace with the feminist agenda; the third module refers to feminist justice; the fourth module will address the issue of exercising a feminist culture of peace.