“Cuba is a reference for the world in the struggle for gender equality.”

Achievements of Cuban Women Praised in Geneva

Cuba News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 9 (acn) The achievements of Cuban women over the last five decades were highlighted on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, in a day that marked the beginning of period 55 of sessions of the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Algerian lawyer Meriem Belmihoub-Zerdani, member of that Committee, told the Prensa Latina news agency that Cuba is a reference for the world in the struggle for gender equality.

She also underlined the leading role of Cuban women in all spheres of life after the triumph of the Revolution on January 1st, 1959.

I have visited Cuba and I have been able to verify that fact for myself, said the former fighter for the independence of Algeria.

Belmihoub-Zerdani recalled that the Caribbean island was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Cuba’s report points out that, at present, women represent 65.6 percent of the professional and technical force, and 62.8 of university graduates. The island is third in the world in terms of the number of women with seats in Parliament (48.36 %).

Standing out among its achievements are the protection of their reproductive and sex rights, access to health care, education, social security, employment, technical and professional training, and the capacity to elect and be elected.

The member of the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women criticized nations that have not ratified the CEDAW, particularly the United States, which intends to teach lessons to the world and has never presented a report on the situation of women in its own territory, she asserted.

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