March 2015 eNews


2015 US Women's Delegation to Cuba!

Save the Dates: November 13-22

Join us in Santiago de Cuba and Havana!
Given the dramatic new commitment to restored diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, we are so excited to be leading this Delegation to Advance Women's Human Rights, Racial Justice and Community Development in Cuba.  This delegation will give us an early look at how women and all Cubans are experiencing the impacts of these changes.  We are seeking US women with a diverse array of experiences to join us for a delegation that will allow you to explore ideas and projects in your respective area of interests, field or professional arena with Cuban women counterparts.  
Highlights of the Delegation:
  • Visit artists, writers and musicians to gain an understanding how the arts and culture influence community development
  • Meet women involved in Cuba's 1961 Literacy Campaign and learn how Cuba's model for education as a human right is implemented globally
  • Share strategies via delegation meetings and site visits about gender and racial equality and community development in both the capitol city, Havana, and the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, with grassroots and national Cuban women activists and leaders
  • Walking tours will focus on diverse Cuban history and cultural life (i.e. Afro-Cuban culture in Callejon de Hamel, Cuban Jazz)
  • Learn about the gains and struggles of women, black Cubans, and youth as a result of the Cuban Revolution
  • Site visits to agricultural cooperatives, community development projects, Cuba's National Center for Sex Education, schools for social work, child care centers and maternity homes
  • Included in Costs:  RT Airfare from designated US city to Cuba, hotel accommodations (double with single option) with breakfast daily, other meals as indicated in the program, special dinners at Cuban paladares, Cuban Visa, Health Insurance in Cuba, ground transportation, bilingual guide, experienced trip leaders and Cuba study guide

Trip Co-Leaders for this delegation are Nataka Moore, Associate Professor, Adler University, Chicago, and Jan Strout, Instructor at Montana State University.  They are experienced travelers in Cuba as well as other Caribbean and Latin American nations, collaborating broadly on issues of gender, race and the politics of sexuality in their communities and internationally.

Join the Collaboration and WILPF for CSW 59!

The 2015 UN Commission on the Status of Women

Celebrates Beijing+20!

The US Women and Cuba Collaboration is pleased to join the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Advancing Human Rights and Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Committees, National Organization for Women (NOW) Global Feminist Issues and Strategies Committee, National Dominican Women’s Caucus and representatives from the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) with women from around the world in New York as we present at the UN CSW parallel events in 2015.  Please join us for these panels!

Monday, March 9, 6:15pm
CCUN 10th Floor (777 UN Plaza) 
"Advancing Women's Human Rights in the Americas
with CEDAW/The Women's Treaty"

Panelists from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the US will share their experiences collaborating and working to advance women’s human rights using CEDAW and other strategies for movement building among women, with a focus on women of the Americas. Presenters include Kristin Alder, Zenaida Mendez, Nataka Moore, Barbara Nielson, Jan Strout and representatives from the Federation of Cuban Women.

Monday, March 16, 2:30pm
CCUN 10th Floor (777 UN Plaza)
"Cuba--Advancing a Revolution for All!
The workshop focuses on the advancement of a women's rights agenda under the Cuban Revolution. In particular it addresses campaigns in Cuba about the struggles against homophobia, racism and domestic violence and their relationship to building a more inclusive society.  Presenters include Collaboration members and representatives of the Federation of Cuban Women who will talk about the history of Cuba’s struggle against homophobia and the roles of CENESEX (Cuban National Center for Sexual Education) and the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC).

Confirmed Dates for 2015 US Tour
Women Studies Scholar Norma Vasallo Barrueta
April 18-June 6, 2015

It is a great pleasure to announce the confirmed visa status of Dr Norma Vasallo Barrueta, Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Women and Gender Studies program at the University of Havana.  Dr Vasallo will be on a US Speaking Tour from April 18 to June 6.  She will be attending and presenting at the XXXIII International Congress of the Latin America Studies Association (LASA) in Puerto Rico from May 27 to 30.  If you are interested in hosting Dr. Vasallo, please contact Collaboration member Caridad Morales Nussa, Adjunct Professor, Foreign Languages, Towson University, in order to get more information to plan for Dr. Vasallo's visit to your city, organization, or university.  Take advantage of a unique opportunity to have this respected international scholar and feminist spend time in the US with your community. Her topics for presentations include (but are not limited to):

  • Achievements and challenges of Cuban women past and present
  • Impact of economic changes in Cuba for Cuban women and their families
  • Cuban women's identity through different generations
  • Her new book: Ecos distantes, voces cercanas, miradas femeninas (Distant Sounds, Nearby Voices, Feminist Viewpoints)
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In friendship and solidarity,
Carydad, Catherine, Cindy, Jan, Moon and Victoria

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