Outstanding Cuban women awarded Mariana Grajales and Ana Betancourt Orders 08:28 AM

A group of 25 members of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) have been awarded the Mariana Grajales and Ana Betancourt Orders for their outstanding careers.  

During a ceremony chaired by José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, the event took place in Havana.

Rosmery Santiesteban Lago, Second Secretary of the FMC, spoke about the brilliant political, labor and social trajectory of this group of women, whom she described as worthy defenders revolutionary work.  She also pointed out that the awards constituted a proposal by the National Secretariat of the organization to the Council of State.

«There are extraordinary women who carry in their blood the rebelliousness of Casiguaya, the desire for freedom of Carlota, the patriotism of the Mambisas and the defiant will of the fighters of the Sierra and the plains.  A group of them accompany us today.  With the dignity of the tallest of palm trees and their commitment in each battle, their work is invincible.”

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Cuban Women Federation Announces Call to Conference

Cuban Women Federation (FMC) Secretary-General Teresa Amarelle announced that it would publish, on March 8, its call to the organization''s 10th Conference.

In the event, scheduled from March 5-8, 2019, the members will discuss issues as inequality, young women in Cuba, the FMC role in the process to update the Cuban economic system, and the work by the organization in communities.

Amarelle urged all women to celebrate their international day on March 8, hosted by the central province of Sancti Spiritus, according to a media report.

The official said that the organization would call the population on the same date to participate in the general elections on March 11.

Currently, the FMC has 91 percent of affiliation throughout the country.

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Every day against violence: Unite

Although the call is to celebrate sixteen days of social activism against gender violence, the intension of Cuban artists who have decided to join this initiative goes much further beyond.

Singer-songwriter Jan Cruz, who gave the opening concert of this day in Cuba, told his reasons to Cubasi:

It’s necessary, we should unite all these artists, many people follow the criterion we could have on certain topic and then it seems to me it is important to be part of this, because we are living at a time, when there’s violence in all sites we look at, if you watch the news bulletin you see wars everywhere, people mistreating themselves right in the streets, it is not only physical violence, but psychological one as well, so I think that if I can achieve with my music that people be more peaceful and perhaps reconsider I would feel just great…”

Carolina Fernandez studies performance and blindly believes in art’s ability to communicate and share values, that’s why she joins it: “I support this struggle against violence, especially gender violence, I think that from art we have a lot to say about this topic. I also think people receive messages very well through art: a song, a play, I think it’s easier for people to understand what we want to convey through these creative forms”.

Of course, for them the commitment includes life and work, thus explains the author of “Aviones de Papel” (Paper Planes): “Since I started in the previous campaign, I attended several workshops in which I learned many things and now I work on my songs, my videos from another point of view and try to handle my image that way, always avoiding violence, being careful when treating women…”

Danilo de la Rosa Serrano, coordinator of the “UNITE to End Violence Against Women” campaign, explained that “this year Havana will dedicate its sixteen days of activism to two historical figures, two figures who have extolled women’s participation and empowerment such as our beloved Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro and Vilma Espin”.

Precisely, the leader of the Cuban Revolution will be honored with a concert due to take place next Wednesday, December 6 at ALBA Cultural House in El Vedado, Havana, which will feature the participation of singer-songwriters Raul Torres, Mauricio Figueiral, Adrian Berazain, among other Cuban artists.

Almost thirty years adding days against violence…..

According to Danilo, this initiative arose in 1991 “at the proposal of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and since 2008 it is supported by the United Nations through the “UNITE” campaign launched by the then Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, to put an end to female violence, campaign that, of course, has reached a great rise in Cuba since 2010 under the message “I say No” (Yo digo No). The campaign is held every year between November 25, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and December 10, as Human Rights Day”.

From Cuba, government and society also unite to multiply the message these sixteen days for non-violence against women and girls:

“There are three campaigns in Cuba: “You are More”, a national campaign, boosted by the Oscar Arnulfo Romero Center, which is an ecumenical NGO and the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC). There’s also the “Unite Cuba” campaign under the message I say No to Violence against Women, as well as, of course, this new campaign here in Havana, that arose a year ago under the initiative of the “UNITE” Community Sociocultural Project, jointly with the Federation of Cuban Women and other organizations and bodies….”

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Cuban and U.S. Women Talk about Women's Rights

Deepening on the rights and opportunities of women in Cuba became the main focus of the meeting held on Tuesday between a group of U.S. women and representatives of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC).

The delegation, composed of seven women from that country, has the purpose of promoting closer links with the Caribbean nation and was welcomed in the central city of Cienfuegos by members of the secretariat of the mass organization, led by Alicia Dorta, general secretary of the Provincial Committee of the FMC.

Luna Vazquez, activist and friend of the Cuban Revolution, told ACN that these issues are not often addressed by the media in her country, noting that the achievements of Cuban women in areas such as health, the right to abortion and maternity are worthy of recognition, unlike other nations.

The fighter for the Cuban cause, who visits the island since 2001, commented that joy grew with the announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the release of the three heroes imprisoned in U.S. jails.
However, she stressed that the fight has not ended and that they will continue working so their government lifts the blockade, "a great injustice that has taken place for more than half a century," emphasized Vazquez.

The visitors learned details of the composition and work of the FMC since its creation, in defense of the Revolution and aimed at preserving the achievements of recent decades, as well as on the major educational projects carried out by FMC members.

The group also visited the headquarters of the community project Trazos Libres and the Maternity Center of Cienfuegos, as part of the program of exchanges organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, which will run until September 11 in various provinces.

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