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Cuba will attend UN high-level meeting on women's equality


HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 1 (ACN) Cuba will participate today in the high-level meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women to review the application of women's rights throughout the world.

The event will evaluate the progress and current challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, with the consideration that the process to achieve gender equality is still slow and no country has been able to achieve it.
It is estimated that in 2021, due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, 47 million women and girls will be in extreme poverty, increasing the total to 435 million.
For that same year, there will be 118 women for every 100 men between the ages of 25 and 34 living in this precarious situation, a gap that will continue to grow.
Teresa Amarelle, Secretary General of the Federation of Cuban Women, will represent the Caribbean island, which was also present at the World Conference in Beijing in 1995 with a large delegation that was chaired by heroine Vilma Espin.
Currently, Cuban women represent 49% of the civil state sector; more than 80% have an upper or higher secondary level; 81.9% of professors and teachers; more than 70% of professional judges and prosecutors; 69.6% in the public health sector; 62% of physicians and 53.5% in the science, innovation and technology systems.
In Parliament, they hold 53.22% of the seats and 10 are members of the Council of State, for 47.6%. In addition, they constitute 50.3% of the leaders of the State and Government, including the Comptroller General and the Attorney General of the Republic.

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