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Venus Faddoul

HRD, Lawyer & Director

Venus Faddoul is a Lawyer, communicator and women's human rights defender that has been working in different issues regarding women's human rights for 10 years. She is also the director of 100% Estrogeno a NGO dedicated to creat educational content focused on promoting multimedia material regarding the great gaps between men and women in Venezuela, especially on issues such as women's political participation, sexual rights; normalisation of violence, micro-machism and labour inequality.

100% Estrogeno’s mission is to make visible, promote and defend women's human rights. The organization also assumes the legal defence of cases regarding gender violence from the point of view of re-victimisation and institutional violence, making visible systematic violations of women's human rights, sharing its activities between legal and communicational aspects.

Venezuela

HRDs have been working under restrictive policies for many years: the Maduro administration has continued the work begun by Chávez in restricting civil space and delegitimising HRDs, repeatedly accusing them of undermining the Venezuelan democracy with the alleged collaboration of the United States. HRDs are discredited and criminalised by state-controlled media (television, radio, print media) on a weekly basis.