International Women's Day in times of Covid-19 CubaPlus

International Women's Day in times of Covid-19 CubaPlus

Heritage & Traditions


Claiming leadership spaces for the female sectors in these difficult times of the pandemic is the purpose of International Women's Day this March 8, a traditional celebration in favor of equal rights and opportunities for all people.

Institutionalized by the United Nations in 1975 with its current name, the conference this year has as its theme "Women leaders: For an equal future in the world of Covid-19", to highlight the efforts of women and girls around the planet in pursuing these goals.

The UN notes, however, that women are heads of state or government in 22 countries, and only 24.9 percent of national parliamentarians are women, according to a recent report by the secretary general of the international body.

Women, he adds, are at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19, as workers in the health sector and on the front lines, as scientists, doctors or caregivers, yet they earn 11 percent less globally in comparison with their male counterparts.

According to an analysis of work teams on Covid-19 in 87 countries, only 3.5 percent of these had gender parity. In Cuba, with internationally recognized advances in the field of equality and pending issues, the date is one of the main celebrations in the country and involves the entire population.

The island’s National Assembly (parliament) is 53.22 percent made up of women, the second in the world in terms of female legislators.

Specifically, in the field of science, technology and innovation, women represent 53 percent, and of the ten Cuban inventions that have received the Gold Medal from the World Intellectual Property Organization, six authors are women.

Women make up 71.2 percent of health personnel, and more recently, they are co-leaders in the trials of vaccine candidates developed by Cuba against Covid-19.

The day in favor of gender equality was celebrated for the first time in 1911 in Europe as Working Women's Day and later it was extended to all continents.