Geneva, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) ‘Cuba’s priority is to promote gender equality in the workplace, a policy which has been promoted since the revolutionary triumph of 1959,’ said today the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Margarita Gonzalez.
Speaking at the plenary session of the 107th Assembly of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Minister stressed this will is supported by the Constitution and is expressed in numerous legal provisions ensuring women’s rights.
In this regard, Gonzalez underlined access to health, education, employment, equal pay, social security and technical and cultural advancement as rights achieved for women in the Caribbean nation.
‘After more than fifty years, Cuban women have played an essential role in the political, economic and social life of the country, which is reflected in concrete figures of participation,’ the Cuban minister remarked.
Gonzalez explained they represent 53.2 percent of the legislators in the National Assembly, 48.4 percent of the members of the Council of State, three of the five vice-presidents and 35 percent of the ministers.
Women also make up 48 percent of workers in the civilian state sector and 78.5 percent of health workers, 48 percent of scientific researchers and, in general, 66.8 percent of the most highly qualified technical and professional staff in the country.
Along with these achievements, she continued, work continues on changing cultural patterns so that family care is increasingly shared between men and women.
It also seeks to expand and improve institutional services for the care of children and the elderly, maternity protection and other measures to facilitate women’s participation in all areas of society, Gonzalez added.
All this happens when the country ‘continues to perfect its model of economic and social development, with the aim of building a sovereign, independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation, to raise the quality of life, well-being and social justice of our people more and more’, the minister stressed.
According to Gonzalez, such policies are being implemented, ‘despite the fact that the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba persists and causes considerable damage to the economy’.
On the other hand, the Minister asserted the ILO can continue its contributions in the fight for gender equality at work and in society, through projects which allow the integration of the world of work with the multiple facets of sustainable development for all.