September 28, 2012
Lecture: UVic, David Strong Building, Room C116, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.
Lecture and Social: Café Simpảtico, 1923 Fernwood Road, 8 – 11 pm
Merli Va negas: is a socialist lawyer and the Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Vancouver . She has worked for the Venezuelan government inthe National Assembly also serving as a Legal Advisor in different governmental institutions : the Bolivarian University of Venezuela, Ministry of Higher Education, CitizensPower Branch, Ministry of Communications and Information; and Ministry of Labor. She joined the Foreign Ministry representing the Venezuelan government in the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She was also a diplomat in the Embassy of Venezuela in Libya. Under President Chavez there have been majorimprovements in the quality of life for the country’s poor. The poverty indexes have been lowered and social improvements in the form of health, education, alimentation, sports, culture, and on a range of other fields have been significant. These achievements have been very dependent on grass roots participation through the Social Missions. Besides reducing poverty, recognition and inclusion into society are perhaps the most important factors for Chavez’s electoral success.
For more information: 250.598.7690. Co-sponsored by Victoria Central America Support Committee, Consulado General de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Vancouver, B.C., UVic Social Justice Studies