Women, the path is paved by walking

Today may be March 8. And tomorrow too. Because defending the rights of women is not a matter of one day a year, but every day. And even today, in the 21st century, even in a country like ours, there are stories showing big gaps in inequality.

Exactly 23 lives have been counted in front of the camera in the latest documentary presented by the Palomas Project, House of Audiovisual Production for Social Activism, directed by Lisette Vila, Ingrid Leon and Sergio Cabrera, titled Every day March 8.

There could have been 79 or more of them, but they decided to show those 23 that, in addition to emotions, they squeeze the heart.

All of them, not knowing each other, make up a unique discourse out of the heterogeneity of their lives. Their conflicts become multiple, to the extent that one can think about them. And not looking for someone to blame, they all want solutions. Carefully examining reality allows us to recognize them, and listening to them helps to make sure that silence is not a strategy for coping with pain. No! Silence can never be an option.

If the panelists were called for reflection after the screening of the documentary, they agreed to nothing (Dr. Dixie Edith Trinquete, Professor at the Center for Demographic Studies at the University of Havana and journalist for the Latin American News Service for Women; Araceli Rodriguez, lawyer and researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Dr. Yuri Pérez, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Havana) is that they should not be considered victims of certain circumstances. They require accompaniment, support, to be noticed because of their condition, not because of the role of someone who inspires compassion.

The state can deal with certain issues and there are laws and legal fields for this, but society also needs a different point of view that accepts, adapts and understands them, they also agreed.

They argued that even in our Constitution, what is written formally (for example, Article 43) is not enough, but we must urgently take the bull by the horns and act transcendentally.

A new intergenerational campaign was launched by UN Women, the specialized agency of the United Nations for the empowerment of women: Generation Equality for Women’s Rights and an Equal Future. Cuba is joining this journey, which proposes to accelerate the process until 2025, thanks to the political will and commitment of the Federation of Cuban Women and numerous institutions.

Lis Cuesta, Director of Activities at the Ministry of Culture, mentioned this when she insisted on the need to make every Cuban woman visible from her unique space of existence and to encourage the implementation of solutions among all that the Women’s Development Program is aimed at as an alternative.

Praiseworthy, as always, is the audiovisual work of Project Palomas, whose behind-the-scenes investigations are worth hundreds of other documentaries. However, debts remain. If today’s women are still complaining, it’s because the women of the past didn’t see that their goals of struggle had been achieved. If a caring mother, or a non-binary person, or a young woman with HIV, or a menopausal teacher, or a retarded artist, or a sports commentator, or a black explorer… feel discriminated against in some aspect of our social fabric, then today could be March 8th. . And tomorrow too. And for them, for all of them, we must fight.

The Cuban context favors the search for long-awaited well-being. Walking, as the singer-songwriter said, the path is paved by walking.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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