Democratic Venezuela

A quick look at the social measures and policies that have been carried out in Venezuela under the progressive government of Hugo Chávez.

He is undoubtedly one of the best-known political leaders on the international stage. His media appearances have always got people talking, but most of all it is his constant fight for a more democratic Venezuela that has taken him to the top.

The VSC (Venezuela Solidarity Campaign) is emphasising Chávez’s work surrounding social issues in particular because, in spite of the economic recession, he has remained committed to the social inclusion of the most underprivileged members of society, whilst guaranteeing public services for all.

According to the organisation, in little over a decade, free medical care has been extended to 20 million people, saving tens of thousands of lives. By providing free education for all, millions have also learned to read and write for the first time, and a record number of students are now attending university.

In view of these statistics, the VSC believes Venezuela best demonstrates that it is always possible to defend the rights of the majority without punishing the poorest citizens.