Women in Cuba go for higher standards

Havana, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) With a significant presence in sectors of the economy and society, women in Cuba celebrate today their International Day in quest of higher standards of living.

Cuban women are paid the same as men for equal work,

but they still have to deal with street harassment, which sometimes involves high doses of physical and psychological violence.

For Parliament’s Deputy Speaker, Ana Maria Mari Machado, 53.22 percent of seats in the legislative house is held by women is evidence of their active participation in political, economic, social and cultural life of the country.

Likewise, there are several women ministers in the cabinet and in Ines Maria Chapman stands out a deputy prime minister. Key social sectors such as Education, Labour and Social Security, and Science are headed by women.

Statistics show that women in Cuba hold 49 percent of State offices, they make up 68 percent of technicians and professionals, and 39 percent of the self-employed workers.

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