WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Connecting Venezuelan Civil Society with the International Community

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST Tuesday, 15 September 2020

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Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Diálogo Social, and the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), for an upcoming virtual event to stimulate dialogue between Venezuelan civil society and the international community.

On Tuesday, September 15, the International Day of Democracy, WOLA, along with the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) and the Venezuelan citizens and civil society organizations that make up the Diálogo Social coalition, will host a virtual event to amplify the voices of Venezuelan civil society actors with regard to Venezuela’s ongoing political crisis and the need for dialogue.

Dialogue and negotiation is a fundamental element of democracy; it allows for communication, shared knowledge, and agreements between the various sectors of a society. It is also a dynamic form of communication through which all have the right to express themselves and to be held accountable. For this reason, we believe that the best way to celebrate the International Day of Democracy is by amplifying the voices of Venezuelan civil society to inform actors in the international community of the processes of social dialogue that are currently taking place in Venezuela. The Diálogo Social coalition is coordinated by a diverse set of social sectors in Venezuela, and provides direct access to messages from civil society regarding the country’s current crisis.

Join us on Tuesday, September 15, at 9:00 a.m. EST to participate in this engaging discussion directly with Venezuelan civil society. The event will be conducted in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English available. Instructions to access the webinar will be sent to registered participants.

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Event Details:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Welcoming Remarks:
Deborah Van Berkel
President, Red Sinergia

Geoff Ramsey
Director for Venezuela, WOLA

Dhana Jiménez
Local Coordinator, IFIT

9:15 – 9:25 a.m. Maryhen Jiménez: Contributions of the International Community in the Management of the Venezuelan Conflict

9:25 – 9:35 a.m. Claudia Nikken: Self-determination, Political Rights, Life and Liberty

9:35 – 9:45 a.m. Luis Francisco Cabezas: Scope of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency and COVID-19

9:45 – 9:55 a.m. Tamara Herrera: Where are we Economically? What is a Country without Oil and with Permanent International Sanctions Like?

9:55 – 10:05 a.m. Jesús Chúo Torrealba: The People are Central to Socio-Political Action of Social Sectors

10:05 – 10:15 a.m. Beatriz Borges: The Reconstruction of the Electoral Route

10:15 – 10:20 a.m. Break

10:20 – 10:25 a.m. Spiritual Leaders Sector (Spokesperson for the Inter-religious Social Forum of Venezuela)

10:25 – 10:30 a.m. Business Sector (Ricardo Cussano, Fedecámaras)

10:30 – 10:35 a.m. Workers’ Sector (Rubén González, Union Leader)

10:35 – 10:40 a.m. Education Sector (Keta Stephany, FAPUV)

10:40 – 10:45 a.m. Health Sector (Jaime Lorenzo, Médicos Unidos de Venezuela)

10:45 – 11:55 a.m. Q&A

Closing Remarks:

Mariela Ramírez

Citizen Movement Dale Letra

Moderated by:

Deborah Van Berkel

Red Sinergia