Cuba bets on nonviolence, 16 days of activism

Cuba declares, observes itself and joins efforts to take new steps in favor of the rights of girls and women, an intention that has accompanied the Revolution since its first days.

With Santiago de Cuba as its main venue, the event takes place in complex times for Latin America, when indigenous women have been outraged with impunity in Bolivia and we are still moved by cases like that of the Chilean mime who appeared outraged and murdered in a square, while neoliberal winds season the old and current male chauvinist violence with race hatred and political differences…

In these times, Cuba declares, observes itself and joins efforts to take new steps in favor of the rights of girls and women, an intention that has accompanied the Revolution since its first years.

In a convergence of willingnesses, the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), the Oscar Arnulfo Romero Center, the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), the Center for Youth Studies and the Cuban Multidisciplinary Society for Sexuality Studies have foreseen a broad program of activities that takes in nine provinces of the country and will last until next December 10.

This Thursday afternoon, the Pabellón Cuba (Cuba Pavilion) opens its doors to the central activity in Havana, which celebrates the first anniversary of the National Campaign “Evolve” (Campaña Nacional “Evoluciona”), with a great festival of #ArtesporlaNoViolencia (#ArtsforNoViolence), music, dance, body painting, sports exhibitions, turban workshops, contests, participation games, performance, a #Rap CypherBasta and concerts.

With the unconditional support of the Government and the direction of the Communist Party of Cuba in Santiago de Cuba, the activities have passed the borders of the main city to reach other municipalities, among them Palma Soriano and Segundo Frente, a must-visit destination, according to organizers, to pay tribute to Vilma Espín, that woman who did so much for female empowerment on the island.

Speeches, workshops with university students, workers, for example, from the Tobacco Factory 1 in Palma Soriano, religious communities, media outlets and institutions are taking place in Santiago de Cuba since last November 8, but activism does not stop and the event invites to the Community Intervention “Evoluciona y gana” (Evolve and Win), at Plaza de Marte, next December 8, at 9:00 am.

An hour later, Ferreiro Park will house the Youth Community Fair for no violence against women, which includes exhibitions, sports and cultural activities, performance of Fátima Paterson’s theater group, Play Back theater group, “Ojos de Estatuas Vivientes” project, Chaguitos, Community Dance (Danza Comunitaria), among other activities.

Actually, there have been more than sixteen days dedicated to reinforce the actions the island systematically carries out in this respect because panels, speeches, artistic presentations and audiovisual projections have been underway since the beginning of this month and besides Havana and Santiago, debates are being promoted in schools, workplaces, communities, as well as events and popular fiestas in such provinces as Pinar del Río, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Ciego de Ávila, Holguín, Las Tunas and Granma.

With an emphasis on young people (men and women), but open to all sectors of the Cuban population, initiatives like “Evolve” Campaign aim to dismantle standardized beliefs and imaginary that support expressions of violence towards women, and to promote other attitudes and changes in the discourses of hegemonic masculinity.

Translated Jorge Mesa Benjamín / CubaSi Translation Staff

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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Art against Gender Violence

'Geladis, historia inconclusa' is the name of the art exhibition by the local female artist on display which could be watched at the María del Carmen Nogueiras gallery from the National Council of Cultural center in Havana city.

The exhibition is part of the cultural activities which are being carried out nationwide on the occasion of the World day against the Gender and Girl Violence that was proclaimed in 1999 by the United Nation Organization (UN).

Art against Gender Violence



Geladis Pérez Martínez is the artist who is internationally known as the Cuban Frida Kahlo one through her own heartbreaking works that are full of passion and pain. She is an artist who paints and fights against the gender violence and her work is featured by showing her experiences, emotions, sadness and her love, above all.

In her paintings, you will not find special poses or informal ones at the time of portraying herself to reaffirm her authorship, on the contrary, it is to transmit her pain, distress or happiness.

Geladis Pérez Martínez is an artist who carried out her first works through the local visual arts specialties of the Cultural center from Matanzas city and she has remained collaborating and doing some actions in her natal Jovellanos town by dividing her life between her Matanzas territory and Flandes in the Netherlands.

In addition, it could be also enjoyed on that date the art exhibition entitled ´Se acabó el abuso´ which will be inaugurated at the local Bridada Jose Martí National cultural venue on this upcoming December 25th.

The art exhibition is an artistic proposal from the local Higher Design Institute (ISDI) from the National Council of Cultural centers and is ´Pensar es Servir´ Martiano center. It was chosen from the ´Mujeres de Abril´ exhibition in 2016.

The proposal is the result from an academic and cultural exchange among students from the universities from the Design Higher Institute in Cuba and the University of Indiana from a project of posters on the occasion of the second local event on the poster that was dedicated to the presence of the woman in the graphic.

This new artistic exhibition is on display entitled ´Se acabó el abuso´ which is a local phrase used in the design of the poster by Mario Armando Morales Pacheco and other ones such as Frank E. Cala García, Anabel Alejo Combarro, Kalia M. Venereo León, Laura García Pérez, Neily Baeza Manteiga, Orbe Góngora Peña, Tais M. García Kostromina and Xavier Arenas Notario.

Art against Gender Violence

On December 25 th initiates a series of activities for the fight against the gender violence against the woman and girls. The exhibitions entitled ´Geladis, historia inconclusa´ and the aforementioned one are part of the cultural proposals which are part of that cause in Havana city.

Art against Gender Violence

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2nd Mexican State Issues Emergency Alert over Gender Violence

Seven women are killed every day in Mexico, and in the country’s war on drugs, women are the primary victims.

Authorities finally issued an emergency alert Monday over gender violence concerns in eight municipalities in the state of Morales, the second state in the country to make the move in the last two weeks.

The decision followed an investigation that analyzed the conditions of women’s rights in the state between January 2000 and June 2013, local authorities stated in a communique.

The emergency demand will now compel authorities to launch an in-depth investigation into the issue and to determine concrete measure on security, justice and prevention to address it.

For instance, measures will include immediate orders issued to protect women who have been victims of violence and the creation of security units specialized in gender violence and with immmediate response. The alert also plans the creation of a extensive database on gender violence, the training of administrative staff in gender violence, and the launch of campaigns of awareness at school and in society in general.

Seven women are killed every day in Mexico, according to women groups, and in the country’s war on drugs, women are the main victims. According to the Mexican statistical institute INEGI, the total femicides nationwide in 2011 surpassed 2,693. In some Mexican states, femicides are 15 times higher than the global average.

In July, five men in Mexico were sentenced to 697 years in prison for femicide in what is an unprecedented move in a country where the systematic killing of women often goes unpunished.

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