Why Women? Why Cuba? Building a Women's Movement for Cuba

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Thu, 06/24/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Cobo Hall: O2-43
Full Description: 

This workshop will discuss the history and accomplishments of the Cuban women's movement under the leadership of the Federation of Cuban Women and in the context of the Cuban revolution. We will also discuss the role that Cuba has played internationally in advancing human rights especially in the areas of access to healthcare and literacy. Panelists include Rita Olga (from Cuba), Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (pending visa request) and Catherine Murphy, Director of the film, "Maestro," a film about the 1961 one year national campaign that irradicated illiteracy in Cuba. A short trailer of "Maestro" will be shown. Jan Strout and Cindy Domingo, Co-chairs of the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration will discuss strategies, campaigns and work that workshop participants can take with them to build a women's movement and network of supporters to change U.S. policy towards the Cuban people and to lift the 51 year old U.S. blockade against Cuba. Sisters Across Borders, a young women's organization, will also share their strategies for building support amongst young women and students. Panelists for this workshop are from Cuba and/or have traveled extensively throughout Cuba. We will also discuss ways that we can support each other in advancing an international women's rights agenda with the tools utilized by the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) such as the Beijing Platform, Cuban Constitutional Amendments and the World March of Women.

Organizer Name: 
Cindy Domingo
Organizer Email: 
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration
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