SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, Nov 19 (ACN) Young people from the artistic vanguard and representatives of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC by its Spanish acronym) in Santiago de Cuba (eastern Cuba) thanked the Portuguese Communist Party and the Portugal-Cuba Friendship Association for their solidarity, after exchanging on the political and social reality of both nations.
At the headquarters of the Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP by its Spanish acronym), the visitors were interested in the participation of these sectors in the fight against COVID-19 and told how the pandemic increased the rates of prostitution and illegal immigration in their country, two of the main struggles of the Party at present.
Erick Perez, vice-president of the Hermanos Saiz Association (AHS), referred to the creation of the Ayuda Santiago project, focused on the collection of medical supplies, personal hygiene, toys and clothes to be delivered to needy families, isolation centers and hospitals.
Perez reiterated his gratitude for being a bridge of friendship and solidarity with Cuba, and defending the right to national sovereignty, increasingly attacked by meddling plans and the tightening of the U.S. blockade.
For her part, Yanelis Boga, an official of the FMC, referred to the role played by the women of that province as volunteers in the institutions set up to care for SARS-Cov-2 positive and suspected cases.
She pointed out the protection received by employed mothers with school-age children, with guaranteed salaries while taking care of their offspring from the pandemic.
Boga highlighted the existence of institutions dedicated to guiding women and families in cases of gender violence, and to providing them with abilities for their incorporation into the labor market, whether state or private.
In this regard, Elizabete Santos, an official of the Portuguese Communist Party, said that in her country there is still discrimination in the workplace, due to the fact that women have children and are prevented from taking on responsibilities in companies, as well as racial discrimination, since the Portuguese Parliament has 250 representatives and only one black woman.
She also stressed that the violence rates inside and outside homes are increasing daily, and the COVID-19 forced adolescents and elderly women to prostitute themselves to support their families, a reality not present in the Caribbean island.
Both Santos and Manuel Gloria, vice-president of the Portugal-Cuba Friendship Association, described the first day in tis as fruitful, in order to teach the truth to their fellow citizens and reinforce in the new generations the example of Cuba.