[The following article by Elena Mora for People's Weekly World argues that it is women who have benefited most from the various government initiatives implemented under Hugo Chavez's presidency. --Ed]
Women Propel Venezuela's Revolution Forward
By Elena Mora - People's Weekly World
August 19, 2006
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela: Ahora es de todos! This slogan, appearing on a poster beneath a simple drawing of three children in the colors of the national flag, means “Venezuela: Now it’s for everyone.”
The slogan captures the ambitious and exciting social justice aims of the Bolivarian Revolution and the government of President Hugo Chavez, which is set to initiate a public discussion on the meaning of “21st-century socialism” next year.
And the problems and needs of the Venezuelan people are great: in the two decades prior to Chavez’s election, poverty had grown to include 80 percent of the population, the gap between rich and poor was one of the widest in the world, and the gross domestic product had steadily dropped. Not surprisingly, illiteracy was widespread and public health was a nonissue in this period of “neoliberal” budget austerity and cuts in social programs.