Feminist revolution? Chavismo floods Twitter with “feminism” to hide a machista country

Feminist revolution? Chavismo floods Twitter with “feminism” to hide a machista country

Published on 15 Mar 2023

PoliTwitter Venezuela from March 06 to 12, 2023

Last week, 15 socio-political trends were positioned on Twitter in Venezuela, totaling around 13,107,959 tweets. The Venezuelan regime was the only actor that positioned socio-political trends, except for a hashtag promoted by the Cuban regime.

Between Monday, March 6 and Sunday, March 12, Twitter was completely dressed in red in Venezuela. The positioning of socio-political trends was almost 100% dominated by the Chavista communication apparatus which, according to our records, reached a record number of tweets on Women’s Day.

Although the conversation promoted by chavismo was almost entirely carried out by accounts coordinated among themselves in a non-authentic way, the campaign promoted on March 8 was especially massive.

With hashtags such as #ChávezFeminista and #ChávezRevoluciónFeminista, the Maduro regime managed to sell, at least on Twitter, the idea of a boost and “support” for feminism that comes from the hand of chavismo. However, not all that glitters is gold, nor is chavismo exactly an ally of women in Venezuela.

We tell you what happened

On Wednesday, March 8, International Women’s Day is commemorated as a date to commemorate the struggle of women for their participation, on an equal footing with men, in society, in their development as individuals and in defense of the respect of their human rights.

From the Poliedro de Caracas, Nicolás Maduro took advantage of this date to announce the creation of the Gran Misión Mujer Venezuela, without further explanation as to its execution.

For its part, the Chavista troop was doing its job very well on Twitter by inorganically positioning March 8 trending topics to show a supposed feminist government. The coordinated messages were promoted mainly from two fronts:

  • From the MIPPCI with the hashtag #ChávezFeminista which generated messages with 97.43% of disorganization.
  • And from “Con el Mazo Dando”, Diosdado Cabello’s TV program, where the hashtag #ChávezRevoluciónFeminista was promoted with 53.88% of messages coming from inauthentically coordinated accounts.

However, the account of the Ministry of Information and Communication takes the gold medal in its work on Women’s Day, since the hashtag #ChávezFeminista managed to position itself in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua with more than 2,210,000 tweets. From ProBox we detected that this is the hashtag that has accumulated the highest number of messages driven by this entity since we began to study the conversation formally in 2019.

Is Chavismo feminist?

Although the feminist discourse has been effective in its positioning on Twitter, the reality behind the networks for women in Venezuela is completely different. Gender inequality regarding income, job opportunities, distribution of household chores remains a constant, while violence and injustice in the face of these abuses is a ghost within Venezuelan families.

According to the latest Survey of Living Conditions of Venezuelans (Encovi), income and job opportunities between men and women in the country are not the same.

The salary gap in managerial positions is 197.4% in favor of men and 25.8% in professional positions. In addition, the study points out that “inequality in household chores, not only domestic, but also in child and elderly care, makes women less competitive in management positions or jobs”.

Regarding the issue of gender violence, in Venezuela it is getting worse; in 2022, the NGO Utopix registered a total of 236 femicides in the year. In 2022, the average was one femicide every 37 hours. A spike compared to 2016 that the rate of femicides stood at one every 72 hours,

“We continue to alert and see with concern that from the State there is no concrete proposal to address this problem,” says Utopix in its report.

At ProBox we have always focused on studying feminist trends on Twitter as it is a topic of particular interest to us, as we have a team made up mostly of women. This is not the first time that the digital conversation about women’s rights is manipulated, in a work we published together with Caracas Chronicles, we reviewed how in 2021 civil society promoted the largest number of feminist trends mainly about complaints and in 2022 the baton of the tags positioned was taken by chavismo by promoting the idea of a feminist government.

Where to see the other trending topics?

If you want to know how the socio-political trends on Twitter in Venezuela behaved during each week, we invite you to subscribe to our PoliTwitter report by clicking here.

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