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8 things India needs to learn from Cuba on women empowerment

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6.6.10CubanParadeUCByLuigiNovi5

By Meghna

Most of us, by now, will be familiar with the contents of the open letter which Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal wrote to India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

In the letter, which has also been broadcasted on AIR, Kejriwal is pointing out how women are feeling increasingly insecure in Delhi and how the Police has not exactly been efficient in ensuring their safety.

The law and order situation and the resultant lapse in the safety of the denizens are indeed things to be concerned about.

When it comes to ensuring the safety of women and providing them with equal rights, maybe no other country stands at par with Cuba. Cuba is perhaps the only country in Latin America where women are completely equal in terms of work, wages, education and healthcare.

India is a force to be reckoned with and there is hardly any doubt. But when it comes to ensuring equal rights and opportunities to women, we should look westwards, or at least towards Cuba.

NewsGram brings you the eight achievements of Cuban society post the Revolution of 1950s that the Indian society and system should seriously look at and absolutely consider adapting.

  1. According to a United Nations Survey on Women in Politics, Cuba occupies the third position in the world in terms of percentage of women in unicameral parliaments. 45.2% of seats in Cuban parliament are occupied by women.

  2. Cuba is the only nation of Latin America to be ranked among top 20 countries in the World Economic Forum Global Gender-gap Report of 2011.

  3. 50% of Cuban workforce is women.

  4. Literacy rate of Cuba is 100% and the percentage of literate women is 99%.

  5. Cuba has an advanced healthcare system and has significantly low Maternal Mortality Rates and life expectancy of women is approximately 80 years.

  6. Women and Men are mandated by law that they have equal responsibilities towards their households.

  7. Cuban women get a total of 18 weeks paid maternity leave with an extra 2 weeks if the birth is delayed and they also have the option of an extended leave with 60% pay until the child is one year old.

  8. Cuba has very high percentage of women enrolled in primary, secondary and tertiary education.

 

  • Just wow!!! Cuba also has a very good healthcare system and its sustainable agriculture is inspirational even to developed countries. All success is due to their collective thirst for freedom and their revolution.

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IOC Cancels Places for 2020 Tokyo Games from India after it Refused Visas to Pakistan

India has accused Pakistan of involvement in a suicide bombing in Kashmir last week that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers and has vowed to "isolate" its arch-rival neighbor over the attack.

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FILE - Shimaa Hashad of Egypt takes part in a pratice session with an air rifle at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, in New Delhi, Feb. 20, 2019. VOA

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday canceled places for the 2020 Tokyo Games shooting competition to be awarded at an event in India after the host country refused to give visas to Pakistani shooters, the head of the sport’s governing body said.

India has accused Pakistan of involvement in a suicide bombing in Kashmir last week that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers and has vowed to “isolate” its arch-rival neighbor over the attack.

Sixteen qualifying places for the Tokyo Games were to be decided at the opening shooting World Cup event in New Delhi. But Vladimir Lisin, president of the ISSF world body, said these would now go to other qualifying events.

“The International Olympic Committee informed us this World Cup will not be included in the competitions for Olympic quotas,” Lisin, himself an IOC executive member, told the tournament opening ceremony late Thursday.

“The quotas will be distributed at another World Cup. No one can be discriminated against and we have to follow the IOC decision as part of the IOC family,” he added.

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FILE – Indian paramilitary soldiers stand by the wreckage of a bus after an explosion in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Feb. 14, 2019. VOA

The IOC said it was deliberating on the controversy and would soon announce a decision.

Over 500 shooters are taking part in the Indian event, for which competition starts Saturday.

Pakistan, which has denied any role in the Kashmir attack, says two shooters and a coach were denied visas to attend the contest.

Lisin said the International Shooting Sport Federation and the Indian organizing committee had done everything possible to get the shooters to the contest.

But National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh said he could not go against the Indian government’s decision.

Singh also insisted no final decision on the Olympic places had been taken.

“Nothing is canceled as of now. The status as of now is we don’t know,” Singh told reporters. “There are meetings that are going on where the position is being assessed by the IOC and the government.”

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Amid widespread anger over last week’s Kashmir attack, some calls have also been made for India’s cricket team to boycott its scheduled World Cup game against Pakistan in England later this year.

Media reports said Indian cricket’s governing body, the BCCI, had prepared a letter calling for Pakistan to be banned from the cricket World Cup. (VOA)