Venezuela/Press Wayuu Taya.- Marinelly Fuenmayor
The National Assembly’s Committee for the Family, presided by the representative
Mariela Magallanes, visited the state of Zulia to evaluate the region’s existing
problematic, taking as focus points the family, women and the indigenous people.
The visit occurred after a document was delivered to the Committee for the
Family of the National Assembly, this past April 4 th , where the organizations Aliadas
en Cadena, Fundación Blanca Nieves Sierra, Fundación Vida Jurídica and la
Universidad del Zulia expressed their concern about the existing violence
situations within the Zulian families and the rise of femicides in the region.
Based on this reality, they began working on an action plan, incorporating other
organizations with the purpose of working collectively towards the solutions defined
by the civil society.
On the evening of this Thursday, May 7 th , the committee for the family got together
with representatives from different organizations with the purpose of verifying the
entity’s existing reality. for the representative Magallanes, the information provided
by the representative of the board of directors of la Univerdad del Zulia’s medicine
school, Dora Colmenares, was quite concerning since it reflects a 95% shortage at
the main hospitals from the region, highlighting, according to extraofficial digits, a
maternal death rate of 66%.
Colmenares indicated the importance of the family institution as a vital structure for
the country’s recovery. “It is necessary to promote values and principles from the
family’s core to achieve the transformation processes needed nowadays.”
The medical psychologist, Irma Peña, explained the effects of the social crisis in
the spreading of violent behavior in the family environment. The psychologists Ines
Davalillo and Irene Coello presented research about the Venezuelan emigration,
emotional intelligence and the “empty nest” syndrome. Likewise, Asmiria Semprun,
Wayuu Taya’s health coordinator and social worker, showed her concern over the
rise of at least a 20% malnutrition rate amongst the children from the Venezuelan
Luis Enrique Méndez, a researcher from la Universidad del Zulia, demanded the
creation of subjects that promote feminism and gender perspective, with the
purpose of sensitizing the population about femicides.
The president of the Blanc Nieves Sierra foundation, Nerlitt Torres, and the
manager of the Zulia division of Aliadas en Cadena, Glennys Jerez, expressed
their concern over the lack of official digits regarding the amount of received
complaints for gender violence, as well as murdered women; they highlighted the
importance of creating a comfort home for women who were violence victims, since
there is only one shelter working, from the 355 that should exist in the country.
After finishing, the committee for the family’s president said that she was
committed to finding solutions for the existing reality presented during the
encounter and indicated that during the next coming months, she would continue to
carry out research to deepen the awareness of this topic and find collective
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