New York, 18 June 2019. During her statement on Item 2, Annual Report of the Executive Director of UN Women, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the international organization, denounced the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, intensified with the implementation of Title III of the genocidal Helms-Burton Act which, she asserted, not only constitutes an obstacle to the full development of the country and to the advancement of women; but it is also a form of direct and indirect violence that impacts and hinders the enjoyment of the fundamental rights of Cuban women, including their right to development.
The Cuban diplomat recalled that the island was the first country to sign and the second to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which shows the Cuban government's commitment to the advancement of women.
In this context, she highlighted the significant progress made by the Caribbean country in fulfilling the commitments agreed upon in Beijing, including the sustained growth in the promotion of women to management posts shown in the following figures: they account for the 53.22% of parliamentarians, 48.4% of the members of the Council of State, 33% of the members of the Council of Ministers, 78% of the prosecutors and 77.5% of the professional judges.
In Cuba, universal and free education -a right of all people- is a strategic foundation for promoting the participation and empowerment of women and girls, as well as advancing in the eradication of prejudices and all types of discrimination and violence, said the Cuban representative.
Rodriguez Abascal took the opportunity to recognize the efforts of UN Women in pursuit of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the world and their contribution to national development strategies. She also reaffirmed her nation's commitment to the Declaration and Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international instruments.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations