United Nations Supports Responsible Parenthood in Cuba

Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Population Fund has been committed to the development of families where children have stronger maternal and paternal guides, Rafael Cuestas, a representative of the international organization in Cuba, told Prensa Latina today.

The birth of a child is a responsibility of both parents, and it is institutionally important that we all contribute to this responsibility because the child is the one who suffers the most, paradoxically, the child is the only one who is not to blame for anything, the Honduran director said.

The UNFPA representative in Cuba, the entity sponsoring the 4th Conference on Responsible Maternity and Paternity, said this is the way to follow if we want the children could grow and become productive people.

Cuestas stated that the socio-economic realities in Cuba differ a lot from those of the rest of the continent, so leaving the care of the children almost exclusively to the mothers has a better panorama in the Caribbean island.

Mexico and Central America are marked by the negative influence of the Maras; while South America has significant economic migration to the north and the same happens in the Caribbean, the expert said.

Cuba, although is also responsible for migration, is not so affected in terms relative to the rest of Latin America, even there are some risks, Cuestas said.

The UNFPA coordinator underlined that, according to the latest census in Cuba, about 13 percent of the child population grows without either of the parents, while 51 percent do so with only one, a statistics which calls for reflection.

The 4th Conference on Responsible Maternity and Parenthood will be held from February 13th and will last until June with activities throughout the national territory.

Sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Population Fund, the initiative seeks to raise public awareness that bringing up a child is expressed with love, pleasure, responsibility and from the individual rights of each human being.

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