ANAKBAYAN tribute to Comrade Vilma Espin Guillois

ANAKBAYAN (Sons and Daughters of the People) in the Philippines would like to pay tribute to Vilma Espin Guillois – an exemplary woman fighter, a true hero of the people.

Vilma Espin Guillois is truly admirable for her selfless dedication to the revolution, relentless courage, and lifetime service for the Cuban people. Her life would serve as an inspiration to the young revolutionaries, not only in Cuba, but elsewhere in the world. A brave and heroic Vilma would never be forgotten by the Cuban people and revolutionaries around the world. She deserves the highest honors of a revolutionary.

Anakbayan joins the national democratic struggle of the Filipino people, in overthrowing US imperialism, domestic feudalism and the fascist rule of the Macapagal-Arroyo puppet regime. The young revolutionaries in the Philippines should take courage even in the most trying times, when the fascist state unleashes its most ferocious attack against the struggling people. We should derive inspiration and strength from Comrade Vilma Espin Guillois.

Anakbayan salutes you, Vilma Espin Guilloi.

Long live the life and revolutionary spirit of Comrade Vilma Espin Guillois!

On behalf of Anakbayan,

Eleanor de Guzman,
Chairperson

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Heroine of the Clandestine Struggle and Outstanding Combatant of the Rebel Army, Vilma Espín Guillois, Passes Away in Havana

Havana, June 18 (RHC)— With profound sorrow, the leadership of our Party and State announce that Compañera Vilma Espín Guillois, a heroine of the clandestine struggle, an outstanding combatant of the Rebel Army and untiring fighter for the emancipation of women and the defense of the rights of children, passed away in Havana today at 4:14 p.m., after a long and painful illness.

Born in Santiago de Cuba on April 7, 1930 in a family that very early on cultivated the values and ethics that would distinguish her, Vilma from a young age assumed political and revolutionary positions, actively participating in student demonstrations following the coup d’etat carried out by Batista in 1952.

From that time, she was an inseparable collaborator of Frank Pais, joining organizations founded by him in the struggle against the tyrany, until the members of what was then called the National Revolutionary Action, joined the ranks of the 26th of July Movement. Continue reading

Our Deepest Sympathies as you Mourn your Loss and our Salute as you Celebrate Compañera Vilma’s Remarkable Life

GABRIELA
National Alliance of Women’s Organizations in the Philippines

Our Deepest Sympathies as you Mourn your Loss and our Salute as you Celebrate Compañera Vilma’s Remarkable Life
June 19, 2007

We are deeply saddened to hear the news about the death of compañera Vilma Espin. GABRIELA national alliance of women’s organizations in the Philippines sends our deepest sympathies as you mourn your loss and celebrate compañera Vilma’s remarkable life as the founding president of the Cuban Women’s Federation leading the fight for women’s emancipation and children’s rights, the leader and outstanding soldier of the urban-based Frank País Eastern Front and a hero of the Cuban struggle for liberation.

It came as a great shock to hear of compañera Vilma’s illness and her death. She will be greatly missed by everybody who knew her, particularly those who, like us, had the opportunity to have met her. Continue reading

Message to Cuban Women’s Federation from Women’s International Democratic Federation – Asia Region

20 June 2007

CUBA WOMEN’S FEDERATION
Havana, Cuba

Dear sisters,

On behalf of the Women’s International Democratic Federation Asia Region, we would like to express our deepest sadness on the passing away of Vilma Espin, heroine of the clandestine, heroine of the Cuban Revolution and the women’s struggle worldwide.

We pay our highest respect and homage to her courage and steadfast resolve to advance women’s emancipation not only in Cuba but throughout the world. She has become a symbol of freedom not only for her country but for all the peoples fighting for liberation.

Vilma Espin will be forever linked to the worldwide movement of women for genuine democratic changes in all the unequal structures that perpetuate women’s marginalization. She will always be remembered as the guiding light of the women’s struggle for full emancipation and equality.

Following the victory of the Cuban Revolution, Vilma Espin initiated the formation of the Cuban Women’s Federation that united women from all parts of Cuba The Cuban Women’s Federation played a major role in advancing the gains of the Cuban Revolution and in advancing the struggle of the Cuban women for full liberation. Today the Federation congregates more than four million members and it participates actively in the battle of ideas, in the construction and defense of socialism, in the fight for the eradication of discrimination against women and for full emancipation of women. Continue reading

Message to Cuban Women’s Federation from Gabriela Women’s Party

20 June 2007

CUBAN WOMEN’S FEDERATION
Havana, Cuba

Dear sisters,

The Officers and members of the Gabriela Women’s Party Philippines express our profound sorrow on the passing away of Vilma Espin Guillois, leader of the Federation of Cuban Women and untiring fighter for the emancipation of women and the defense of the rights of children, a leader of the international women’s movement.

With her death the international women’s movement lost one of its most important pillars and fighter for women’s emancipation.

Vilma Espin, dedicated her entire life to the struggles of the Cuban people for liberation and to the cause of women earning her the title, heroine of the clandistine struggle.

Upon the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, she headed the unification of women’s organizations and the setting-up of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC). She tirelessly led the organization until the last minute of her life. From its inception Cuba launched a campaign against rigid traditional roles for men and women and Vilma Espin was quoted then by one of her colleagues as saying, “We have not conquered all but we must defend what we have conquered.” Continue reading

Condelences from AMISTAD

VILMA ESPIN GUILLOIS

Heroine of the Clandestine Struggle, Outstanding Combatant of the Rebel Army and an untiring fighter for the emancipation of women and the defense of rights of children.

The Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association/Amistad and its Free the Cuban 5 Committee join the Cuban people in their profound sorrow on the demise of Compañera Vilma Espin Guillois, the Heroine of the Clandestine Struggle, Outstanding Combatant of the Rebel Army and an untiring fighter for the emancipation of women and the defense of rights of children. Continue reading