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Ministry of Women will establish a commission to boost programs that strengthen the Revolution

The Ministry of People’s Power for Women and Gender Equality will create a commission composed of women’s rights activists that will boost the fight to accelerate the revolutionary process.

President Hugo Chávez made this announcement on Sunday during an event celebrating both International Women’s Day and the role of women in the Bolivarian revolution.  The even took place in Ríos Reyna Hall of the Teresa Carreño Theater.

This commission will be made up of women from diverse professions and regions of the country.  It will include female Ministers, Representatives, lawyers, doctors, nurses and workers from social missions, including ‘Madres del Barrio’ (Neighborhood Mothers).

The President highlighted the participation of Nuris Orihuela, Minister of People’s Power for Science, Technology and Medium Industry.

The goal of the commission is based on the need to boost gender equality in Venezuelan society, for men and women to work for their well-being, justice and the homeland.

President Chávez indicated that after a trial run of one year, the Ministry of People’s Power for Women and Gender Equality was created to encourage the efforts and add to the achievements of María León and the women who followed her.

“Venezuelan women will be an example for [social] consciousness every day, and every day the movement of Bolivarian women will grow.  You know you can count on me to work for the liberation of women, for justice for women, daughters of the homeland,” the President said.

He greeted women who have important roles in the Revolution and affirmed that it is fundamental that women’s movements participate in development projects.

President Chávez alluded to Simón Bolívar, the Liberator, and said:  “It is about a commitment to fight for women’s liberation, to fight for the true commitment every day.  Because God has given them great perspicacity and sensibility and has made their hearts strong and sensitive to everything that is noble, to everything that is relevant.”

Prensa Presidencial, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / March 9, 2009

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