Venezuela: Ana Lucina García Maldonado

That hateful discrimination against illegitimate children, adulterers, foundlings, and those outside the church is finished forever.

— Ana Lucina García Maldonado

She was born into a conservative family in Venezuela. Her roots are deeply linked to Andean geography. She is a diplomat by vocation and a lawyer by profession. Ana Lucina García (61) managed to unify her two passions, and with them, she was the driving force behind the legal changes that resulted in the overcoming of gender inequalities in her country. Her practice as a lawyer, besides her work as a parliamentarian and diplomat, demonstrates her continuous commitment to the feminist cause. Through this work, she contributes to the building of a real peace.

Ana Lucina García was born and raised within a conservative family. In 1966, she made an academic option and studied Law at the Andrés Bello Catholic University, in Caracas, the capital city of her country, Venezuela. She was a good student, with “the concepts and values of a perfect lawyer.” But, after her graduation, she went into the real world full of imperfections. These were the first years of the fight of women for their rights as human beings. And Ana Lucina was there, in the middle of that fight. In 1968, she was invited to a meeting of colleagues from the Venezuelan Professional Lawyers' Association and the truth hit her with a shock. She learned, for the first time, of the reality that subjugated Venezuelan women. “I had not seen this situation during my studies; I had no consciousness of the existence of the laws that discriminated against women. I had no consciousness that the law discriminated against me!” And then, along with a group of female lawyers, she began to study the principles contained in the law. She discovered that the principle of equality masked the oppression of women. As soon as 1973, Lucina joined the group of “crazy women” that wanted to change the world. 1975 was declared by the UN as The International Year of Women. Lucina was present at the session where the declaration was made. Afterwards, she began to take direct action: law initiatives; correspondence; lobbying members of parliament; and years and years of legal fights for the improvement of the law, for the repeal of one law, for the approval of another. Today, Ana Lucina García's name is part of the history of the fight of Venezuelan women for their rights.

Federación Latinoamericana de Abogadas– Fedla (Latin American Federation of Lawyers)