In the panel entitled: ¨End of Patriarchy: Gender Violence and the Struggle for Liberation¨, Gretel Marante, member of the Secretariat of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC, in Spanish), referred to how coercive measures hinder Cuba´s domestic economic development program.
The US blockade is the greatest form of violence suffered by the Cuban people, and women in particular. It is the major drawback to the development of our life projects, Ms. Marante stated.
In addition, she heaped praise on women´s involvement in Cuba´s economic, political and social life, but she also warned the US blockade prevents the empowerment of Cuban women in their society and hampers the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the one closely related to gender equality.
Beyond statistics, what has been attained materializes in each Cuban family´s life stories, said Ms. Marante, while explaining that there is a zero-tolerance policy in Cuba against gender violence.
Plus, she highlighted the approval of the National Program for the Advancement of Women through a presidential decree that constitutes the State’s gender agenda to crack down on gender violence.