Cuba participated in the European Union (EU)-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)seminar on Gender Equality and Women”s Economic Empowerment, which was held in the Belgian capital.
During the seminar, issues such as the participation of women in the economy and the labor market were discussed, diplomatic sources said today.
The participants in this seminar emphasized the problem that still exists around the unequal access of men and women to opportunities for paid work and the need to increase the women’s participation in the formal labor market.
Participants also discussed the equal responsibility of men and women in the care of children, the disabled and the elderly.
Teresa Hernandez, a member of the national secretariat of the Federation of Cuban Women, pointed out that Cuba’s Constitution endorsed gender equality and recognizes that people of both sexes should receive equal pay for work of equal value.
According to a statement released by the the Embassy of Cuba in Belgium, Cuban women represent 81.9 percent of professionals in the education sector; 48.86 percent of parliamentarians and 48 percent of the workforce; a direct result of the policies implemented by the Revolution.