Fidel Castro pays tribute to Vilma Espín

Source:  Cubadebate
April 7 2016


Cuban leader Fidel Castro attended an event honoring revolutionary heroine Vilma Espín, yesterday April 7, according to a Cuba television report.

vilma collagw 2.jpgHe visited the Vilma Espín educational center located in the Havana municipality of Playa, where, along with preschool and elementary students and teachers, he participated in a tribute to the founder of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), held on the 86th anniversary of Vilma’s birth.

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See video here: Rinde Fidel homenaje a Vilma Espin

“I am sure that on a day like today, Vilma would be very happy,” the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution said.

Those who die struggling for the Revolution leave energy and strength along the way

“She would be seeing why she sacrificed her life, why those who die struggling for the Revolution leave energy along the way, leave strength, and struggle for this,” he added

Fidel, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in August, could be seen in the television broadcast spiritedly greeting the children and teachers, and discussing issues related to education, health and nutrition.

This type of school is getting close to a kind of dream

“Those of us who are here consider being in this school today a privilege, since this type of school is getting close to a kind of dream. I was trying to remember if I had known of a place where a school like this one existed. Such a place doesn’t appear,” Fidel said.

Boris Fuentes, the Cuban television journalist covering the event, reported that Fidel emphasized the school’s experience and its utility for rural areas.

Currently attending the Vilma Espín School are preschool and elementary children, while a middle school program is to be initiated next September.

The educational center was inaugurated April 9, 2013, with two classroom buildings, a library, as well as computer lab, and is staffed by a total of 43 individuals including teachers, assistants and service workers.

Federation of Cuban Women-We offer Michelle our experience

Source: Cuban News Agency
15 March 2016

Statement by the Federation of Cuban Women on Obama’s Visit

Cuban Women's Federation logo.jpgThe Federation of Cuban Women has issued a Declaration on the welcome the Cuban people will give to the president of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle, which was published on Tuesday by the Granma newspaper.
We will welcome U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle with the hospitality and dignity Cuban women are known for, as part of the Cuban people, points out the document.

An opportunity to show what we have achieved

We are aware that this visit is part of the complex process under way to achieve the normalization of relations between our two governments. It will be, therefore, an opportunity to show what we have achieved in terms of gender equality and the role women have in the political, economic, cultural and social life of our country, reads the text.

We earn equal wage for work of equal value

During their visit, they will be able to verify that we earn equal wage for work of equal value, that nine of the fifteen Cuban provinces are headed by women in their local governments, that the administration of justice is also mostly in female hands. In every place they tour they will be able to see the dedicated work of women of all generations, points out the document.

Grouped in the Federation of Cuban Women, a non-governmental organization of civil society with consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, and which over four million Cuban women are currently part of, about 90 percent of them over 14 years of age, we carry out specific programs to develop in our country full culture of equality and social inclusion, continues the statement.

We offer Michelle our humble experience

We know that Mrs. Michelle Obama is carrying out a major initiative called “Let Girls Learn” with the aim of providing access to education to 62 million girls around the world. We offer her our humble experience in this field, since 100 percent of our girls attend school regardless of where they live, the color of their skin, if they have a disability or are hospitalized.

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A Cuban woman, Relys Leonela Diaz, created the method “Yes I Can,” with which millions of people has learned how to read and write worldwide, reads the document.

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These days, the words of the eternal president of our Federation, Vilma Espin, are more valid that ever: “Socialism for Cuban women means freedom, independence, sovereignty, dignity, social justice, security for the education and development of their children, right to equality, to life, to decide their own destiny, to work for the future they have dreamed of and defend it with all their strength,” concludes the text.


Cuba: Women with Remarkable Results in Diverse Fields of Work Awarded

Camagüey, Aug 23 2014

cuban women's fed awards 2014On the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), an organization founded by heroine Vilma Espín Guillois in 1960, a total of 23 outstanding women of this Cuban province were awarded for their important contributions in different areas of the local economy and society.

With the attendance of high level political and government officials, several members of the above-mentioned NGO also signed the Book of Honor of the Camagüeyan Women. Others were granted the August 23rd Distinction and another group received a special diploma in a ceremony held at the VIP lounge Nicolás Guillén, which is located at Ignacio Agramonte Revolution Square in this town.

Eduardo López Leyva, member of the Provincial Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, praised the conquests of the Camagueyan women in all spheres of society and recalled how many of these political and labour rights are still a longing in many parts of the world.

A special recognition to Anielka Fernández del Monte

For her part, Tania Díaz Bermúdez, general secretary of the Cuban Workers’ Confederation (CTC) in this province, presented a special recognition to Anielka Fernández del Monte, who on behalf of all women in this province accepted the prize.   Continue reading

The Education Revolution: Cuba’s Alternative to Neoliberalism

“In fact, as discussed in this book, Cuba is the only country in the entire history of civilization to establish a high quality, WHO-validated, 6 year medical training programme – entirely free and with full food and board – for any adequately schooled person from anywhere in the world, but who cannot afford medical school in their own country.”  (Author, Professor Theodore MacDonald)

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Emeritus Professor Theodore H MacDonald, former Director of Postgraduate Studies in Health at Brunel University, has years of experience in the fields of education, health promotion and equality. He has used his extensive knowledge of a number of education systems, gained by living and working in Cuba, Australia, US and the UK to write about the development of the Cuban education system. 

In The Education Revolution – Cuba’s Alternative to Neoliberalism, published in association with the National Union of Teachers, Professor MacDonald gives a carefully chronicled account of the development of Cuba’s education system from the first vestiges of a national literacy campaign through to the current state of education in Cuba today, adding analysis and critique as he follows the timeline of development.

Read more at: The Education Revolution

Tribute to Vilma Espin on the Sixth Anniversary of her Death

MAYARI ARRIBA, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Jun 19 (acn)
tribute ti Vilma EspinVilma Espin Guillois (1930-2007), Heroine of the Republic of Cuba, was honored at the Mausoleum to the Heroes and Martyrs of the Segundo Frente Oriental Frank País, on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of her death.
By the tomb where her mortal remains rest, students of the Camilo Cienfuegos Military School of the provincial capital did a guard of honor, and wreaths were Continue reading