Cuban women’s protection from Covid-19 highlighted

Havana, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s social justice system protects women from unemployment and promotes policies for gender equality amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the general secretary of the Federation of Cuban Women, Teresa Amarelle.

The official noted that workers have received special attention, with labor, salary and fiscal measures for their benefit.

Speaking at the 60th meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, Amarelle also pondered the operation of day-care centers and schools to guarantee women’s incorporation into employment.

Amarelle recognized the challenges of the health emergency for this segment of the population, due to the generalization of teleworking and the increase in responsibilities at home, but insisted on the Government’s willingness to counteract these effects.

The FMC official highlighted Cuba’s commitment to gender equality, present in the National Program for the Advancement of Women, approved in 2020 by the Council of Ministers of the Republic, with a section to fight manifestations of violence in an inclusive and systematic way.

Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), spoke at the opening session of the meeting, and described the impact of the health crisis on the region as brutal, with more negative effects on women.

Among the prioritized topics at the meeting are the need to encourage women’s participation in strategic development sectors, to support, from the law, their economic autonomy, as well as the urgency to revalue domestic care within society.

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