Foreign minister praises women’s participation in Cuban politics

Havana, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday praised the progress made by Cuba in terms of gender equality in politics, in view of the insufficient participation of women in that area in the world.

On his Twitter account, the head of Cuban diplomacy pointed out that according to the World Economic Forum, at the current rate the planet will need 145.5 years to achieve equality for women in that sphere.

The foreign minister also noted that Cuba boasts important achievements in this regard: women represent 53.22 percent of parliamentarians at the National People’s Power Assembly (Parliament) and 51.5 percent of the leaders of the State and Government.

The National Program for the Advancement of Women, approved by a presidential decree in 2021, seeks to broaden the impact of actions to achieve full equality for Cuban women.

All 44 measures of the action plan include economic empowerment, as well as the promotion of legislation and law with a gender approach, and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health education and practice, among other issues.

In general, it establishes a road map for the institutionalization of public policies in correspondence with the Constitution of the Republic, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the United Nations 2030 Agenda, along with the Beijing Platform.

Cuba was the first nation to sign and the second to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, adopted in 1979 and in force since 1981, a document that has been signed by 189 States.


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