UN: Cuba is among the countries with the best women’s rights indicator

The high level of participation by women in Cuban society and the rights guaranteed by the Revolution to Cuban women place the island in a very favorable stand in the world, as it has been acknowledged by the United Nations, said a Cuban lawmaker.

arelys cuban women's federationsantanaSpeaking at the National Parliament, lawmaker Arelys Santana (photo) recalled that over 66 percent of the local professional labor force is made up by women, with more than 60 percent in public health.

Most judges, attorneys and lawyers are women, a fact that is not common in any other country, said the lawmaker who is also member of the Secretariat of the Cuban Women’s Federation.

Women stand for 58 percent of all scientists in the country and 48 percent of the Parliament deputies, she stressed.

haydee y celiavilma espin 3All these and other achievements are the fruit of constant care and action by the Cuban Revolution and its policies in favor of women.


4 thoughts on “UN: Cuba is among the countries with the best women’s rights indicator

  1. Here we go again, when all is said and done, the high rate of participation of women in the Cuban society like Cuba’s impressive strides in medical research, its training of doctors, engineers and other professionals from developing countries and its other successes globally are the direct result of the revolution.

    The obvious test of the revolution being the determining cause of the progress of women as a group in Cuba is the fact that prior to the revolution, women in Cuba were virtually invisible while being as visible as men. Indeed, their roles as law makers, lawyers, scientists and professionals more generally were basically unknown.

    Further, the relatively small number of women who were professionals in Cuba were primarily from the upper classes. On the contrary, the revolution has opened up all doors to women to realize their dreams to be whatever they want to be. Significantly, huge numbers of these doctors, professors, scientists and lawmakers are from ordinary working and peasant families.

    As someone who benefitted from a university education in Cuba, I can attest to the fact that most of my classmates at different periods were women and were from working class and campesino backgrounds.They were being trained in a myriad of professional disciplines such as accounting, economics, history and other social science disciplines. They were several other women being trained as engineers,mathematicians, physicists and other scientists from working class backgrounds at the university I attended in Cuba.

    Not too far away from the university I attended were the medical and dental schools and it was equally the case that vast numbers of the students being trained there to be doctors and dentists were women from working class backgrounds. By their own testimonies many of these women would have had no chance of becoming professionals prior to the revolution because of their parents socio-economic status. Indeed, it was many times worst for Afro-Cuban and other women of color due to the deeply entrenched racism that prevailed in Cuba prior to the revolution.

    Thus with the foregoing in mind, the vast majority of women in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Asia including many middle class women who increasingly without scholarships are less able to get professional degrees in the US and other western capitalist countries, they should know that Cuba is an alternative. Further an added bonus of being trained in Cuba is that you will be debt free after graduation.

    I know several Jamaican, Caribbean and professional middle class women who thanks to the Cuban revolution are now established in their respective professions as doctors, dentists and professors in their respective countries.

    Thus the Cuban revolution has not only elevated and improved the lives of millions of Cuban women, it has also done likewise for women from around the world many of whom had little or no prospects of becoming professionals in capitalist academic institutions in their own countries or in the “”advanced capitalist countries” like the US and France.

    The issue for these women was then and would be today affordability, a economic barrier that the revolution erased for working families across Cuba and several who receive scholarships from the Cuban government each year shortly after the revolution triumphed. Thus for me to read about the high rates of participation of women in the Cuban society, it is not only an impressive feat of a civilized society but it is also a process I witnessed as a young foreign student in Cuba.

    Again, it’s appropriate to quote the late African-American historian and friend of Malcolm X, John Henry Clarke; “there is only one answer-REVOLUTION.”

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