Forty years after the first Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted by Cuba, the forthcoming Fifty-Sixth Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Conference will be held October 5-6, in Havana.
Teresa Amarelle Boué, Secretary General of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), told Granma that the Meeting will address issues such as the implementation of gender equality plans under the framework of the 2030 Agenda and sustainable development goals.
The first Conference was held in 1977, and at that time the FMC was led by Vilma Espín. “Cuba had made progress in equal gender rights, opportunities and possibilities, so the country offered to host the inaugural conference,” Amarelle explained.
In this regard, she added that the Meeting will be dedicated to Vilma, the first president of the ECLAC Regional Conference on Women, and to the historic leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, who always promoted the crucial role of Cuban women.
Amarelle explained that these meetings of presiding officers, including 19 member countries, and currently chaired by Uruguay, are held between each conference. The next ECLAC Regional Conference on Women will be held in Chile in 2019.
The FMC Secretary General also noted that Cuba is a reference in the regional context, due to the public policies promoted, with the active participation of the FMC, as a national mechanism for the advancement of women.
According to its website, “The Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women, which is one of ECLAC’s nine subsidiary bodies, is made up of Uruguay, which holds the presidency, as well as Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Suriname.”