Commonwealth Youth Council meeting focuses on Venezuelans in T&T

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    Several issues affecting Venezuelan migrants living in T&T were discussed at a meeting hosted by the Commonwealth Youth Council yesterday.

    One of the speakers was Ms Heidi Diquez, a Venezuelan living here for the past 16 years and a representative of TTV Solidarity Network, a non governmental organization that provides aid and emergency relief to Venezuelans.

    According to a Newsday report, she said Venezuelan children don’t have the opportunity to access education and risk falling into groups with already vulnerable Trinidadian youths.

    As such, she called on communities to empower Venezuelans saying children should be allowed the right to an education, women are not sex objects and professionals should be able to access jobs they are qualified for.

    Ms Diquez also called for a change in how Venezuelans are viewed over social media and by mainstream media.