#LaRevoluciónEsMujer: the hashtag used by chavismo to hide femicides, violence and inequality  

#LaRevoluciónEsMujer: the hashtag used by chavismo to hide femicides, violence and inequality  

Published on 21 Mar 2024

In Venezuela, women are at a disadvantage, despite the Maduro regime's desire to make people believe otherwise.

Gender violence, wage gap, inequality in household chores and zero debate on issues such as abortion are denounced by activists, who marched last March 8 in the framework of International Women’s Day to demand rights that Chavism assures they already have. 

With tags such as #LaRevoluciónEsMujer and #VenezuelaMujer, chavismo wanted to show a country where women’s rights are supposedly valued and respected, although nothing is further from reality. 

Violence against women is a reality that in Venezuela cannot be erased with a label. Last year 201 women were murdered in the country as victims of male violence and the latest figures from the NGO Utopix show that things are not getting any better this year. 

At least 20 femicides were registered in January, an increase of 54% over the previous year, and although femicide is the most serious problem, it is by far the last one suffered by women in the country. The Survey of Living Conditions (Encovi) 2023 points out that poverty in Venezuela is higher for women, to the extent that their economic activity is also higher. 

While 62.7% of men are active in the labor market, the participation rate of women is only 37.3%, below Honduras (38.9%) and Colombia (41.2%). In addition, the difference in income between men and women, on average, is 7.7%.

The fact that women work less than men is also an issue of male violence in Venezuela. 8.9% of the female population over 15 years of age does not work due to care responsibilities, either for family members or for their own children, something that does not happen to men. In fact, to get an idea of the disparity in household responsibilities, a figure from the Encovi reveals that 70% of Venezuelan children receive help with their homework from their mother and only 5% have help from their father. 

International Women’s Day is the perfect framework for Maduro’s government to expose the benefits of being a woman in “revolution”. Political speeches and messages on social networks are spread on this day to establish a narrative of how well women are treated in Venezuela. 

Last March 8, the Ministry of Communication and Information (MIPPCI) promoted in X (former Twitter) the hashtag #VenezuelaMujer with approximately 32,700 tweets, while the hashtag #LaRevoluciónEsMujer with approximately 1,502 tweets was promoted by infocenters allied to the ruling party and Brigadas Comunicacionales Hugo Chávez. Both tags had a high percentage of inauthenticity (11.4% and 19.2%, respectively). 

But the officialist discourse did not only stay in X, these same tags and topics were promoted in TikTok. A search by ProBox revealed 11 videos on the social network on the topic of women, 95.8% of which were published under officialist tags (10 videos) and 90.9% of the reproductions that were recorded were in response to officialist content (166,295 reproductions). 

But it is not only the labels, but also the messages from leaders such as the Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino López, who in his social networks spreads the narrative of love and respect for women. Through his Instagram account, he sent a message to pay tribute to women on their day, describing them as ” Frontline combatant warriors on all battle fronts!”. 

Padrino López’s message comes at a time when the regime of Nicolás Maduro is keeping around twenty women behind bars for political reasons, according to records of NGOs such as Foro Penal and the Coalition for Human Rights and Democracy. The most recent of them, the lawyer and human rights activist Rocío San Miguel. 

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