New York, 1 October 2020. Teresa Amarelle Boué, Secretary-General of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC, by its Spanish initials) participated today in the virtual session of UNGA Beijing +25, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women.
The Cuban representative highlighted that 25 years after the Conference, Cuban women show remarkable advances in their empowerment process, which is a result of the will of the Cuban State and Government, expressed through the implementation of laws, policies and programs, as well as in the new Constitution.
She also stated that the blockade imposed by the government of the United States against the Island, and fiercely intensified in times of pandemic, constitutes the major obstacle to the realization of Cuban women´s human rights due to its negative impact on all aspects of the life of the Cuban people. In addition, she said that the criminal US policy is also the most pernicious form of violence against women.
Some of the achievements by Cuban women, which Amarelle Boué underscored in her remarks are: equal pay for work of equal value; an advanced labor legislation which guarantees, inter alia, the paid maternity leave, a benefit applicable to the father and other family members; and access to social security programs and free and quality education and health services, including sexual and reproductive services.
The Secretary-General pointed out that Cuban women hold 53.22 percent of the seats of the Parliament and make up 50.3 percent of leaders of the State and the Government in the Island. They account for 49 percent of the state civilian sector workers, 53.5 percent of the Science System and 69.6 percent of the public health sector, among other positive indicators which reinforce their importance in the development of the country.
Amarelle Boué stated that the Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030 and the country´s legislation update process reinforce Cuba's willingness to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence that persist, as well as to achieve full equality of rights and opportunities of women, all of that in line with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations