I Am Chavez!

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Today Chavez’s pres­ence is felt more than ever here in Venezuela.

Chavez is in the heart of the people, although phys­ic­ally gone,

his death has aroused the sleep­ing dragon inside the Venezuelan people, ensur­ing that 

the revolu­tion is here to stay.

Mil­lions are mourn­ing, mil­lions are miss­ing him and in his hon­our we will not stop work­ing to pro­tect the leg­acy Chavez left us. Now the people are con­scious, as Bolivar said “An ignor­ant people is a blind instru­ment of its own destruc­tion” but ignor­ance is now over; people are awake, alert and edu­cated from the 14 years of Chavez’s hard work for us to have this Bolivari­an revolu­tion.

Here is a resume of the achieve­ments the pres­id­en­tial time of Hugo Chavez:

Since 1998, there have been 16 elec­tions in Venezuela, includ­ing the elec­tion to adopt a new Con­sti­tu­tion in 1999 and a call for a ref­er­en­dum in 2004,  more people are exer­cising their right to vote. The last pres­id­en­tial elec­tion had a turnout of 75%. More than 18.3 mil­lion people, nearly two-thirds of the pop­u­la­tion have been registered to vote in the upcom­ing pres­id­en­tial elec­tions on Octo­ber 7th 2013.

Venezuela has the third lowest level of pover­ty in the region, accord­ing to the Eco­nom­ic Com­mis­sion for Lat­in Amer­ica and the Carib­bean (ECLAC). Between 2002 and 2010, pover­ty was reduced by 20.8% (from 48.6 to 27.8%), and extreme pover­ty fell by 11.5% (from 22.2 to 10.7%).

Many new social pro­grams were estab­lished in order to erad­ic­ate extreme pover­ty, includ­ing the ‘Great Mis­sion Chil­dren of Venezuela’, which bene­fits young moth­ers and preg­nant teen­agers in pover­ty. The Gov­ern­ment inves­ted in social pro­grams since 1999 has reached $ 468 bil­lion, a fig­ure much higher than the invest­ment made dur­ing the pre­vi­ous dec­ade. In 2011 the social invest­ment expendit­ure rep­res­en­ted 60% of the gov­ern­ment budget. Venezuela’s reduc­tion of inequal­ity is dis­tin­guished between the coun­tries of the region.

With the aim of improv­ing lit­er­acy Venezuela imple­men­ted a lit­er­acy pro­gram to teach people to read and write. In 2005 1.5 mil­lion people benefited from this pro­gram­me and UNESCO declared the coun­try free from illit­er­acy.

The reduc­tion of the mal­nu­tri­tion level in Venezuela has fallen more than half, from 7.7% in the nineties to 3.7% in 2010. 14 mil­lion cit­izens now have access to high qual­ity food at sub­sid­ized prices, and the new Law of Fair Costs and Prices adop­ted in 2011 ensures the con­tin­ued avail­ab­il­ity of afford­able food for every­one.

Venezuela hos­ted the found­ing sum­mit of the Com­munity of Lat­in Amer­ic­an and Carib­bean (CELAC). This his­tor­ic region­al group, made up of 33 coun­tries, aims to forge unity and peace in the region.

From 2003 to 2010, 432 mil­lion people were bene­fit­ing from the ser­vices offered in Free Health centres and more than 300,000 lives have been saved.

At the end of 2011 the unem­ploy­ment rate in Venezuela reached 6.5% in com­par­is­on to 13.7% in 2001, a reduc­tion of more than double.

Three of the five main author­it­ies in Venezuela are led by women. Cur­rently, the Cab­in­et has 30% female par­ti­cip­a­tion, and 16% of the seats in the Nation­al Assembly are held by women.

In 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion form­ally recog­nized indi­gen­ous lan­guages, and has three Nation­al Assembly seats for rep­res­ent­at­ives of indi­gen­ous peoples. Also, Venezuela has rep­res­en­ted its pop­u­la­tion of Afric­an des­cent. In May 2011 the Organ­ic Law again­st Racial Dis­crim­in­a­tion was approved to erad­ic­ate and pun­ish racism.

In 2011 Venezuela received an award from UNESCO in recog­ni­tion of its efforts to make inter­net access free to cit­izens through the Infocentro Found­a­tion. Its tech­no­lo­gic­al lit­er­acy pro­gram has benefited more than a mil­lion people.

These achieve­ments are still in for­ce, and it will con­tin­ue, as Chavez’s revolu­tion­ary eth­ics, lead­er­ship and val­ues are still alive. Chavez is com­mem­or­ated and now lives on through the people. We are Chavez!

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Gata Malandra

Gata Malandra

Edit­or / Research­er at No Bounds
Gata is a music and arts lov­er, stud­ied anthro­po­logy, art man­age­ment and media pro­duc­tion ded­ic­at­ing most of her time to cre­at­ive pro­jects pro­duced by No Bounds.
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Gata is a music and arts lover, studied anthropology, art management and media production dedicating most of her time to creative projects produced by No Bounds.

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