Havana, Feb 16 (ACN) Cuba denounced that the US economic, commercial and financial blockade, recently strengthened by the former Donald Trump administration amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, is the main obstacle to the island’s development and it is also a flagrant violation of the human rights of Cuban women and young girls.
Addressing the First Session of the UN-Women Executive Board, Cuban ambassador Ana Silvia Abascal said that the Caribbean island nation keeps advancing on the road of equality of genre despite the US sanctions.
Cuba ranks second in the world as to the number of women in the national parliament with 53.22 percent of women in its National Assembly. Cuban women make up for 49 percent of the country’s labor in the state civilian sector and represent over 60 percent of all university graduates and 53 percent of all workers in the scientific sector.
The ambassador stressed Cuba’s determination to keep supporting UN-Women and the international community in responding to and recovering from the COVID 19 pandemic. Only multilateral relations, international cooperation and solidarity can help advance in a world with inclusive genre perspectives and in which economic and social crises do not keep affecting women and girls.
UN-Women is a body of the international organization aimed at fostering the empowering of women and genre equality.