Gender issues in Cuba

glevy at glevy at
Wed Jul 12 05:00:13 MDT 1995

I am forwarding this message without comment other than to remark that
the message below might be a vehicle for us to discuss either gender
issues in Cuba and post-revolutionary societies or questions of social
conflict and antagonism within Cuba.


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Date: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 01:11:43 -0700
From: Michael A. Lebowitz <mlebowit at>
To: Multiple recipients of list <pen-l at>
Subject: [PEN-L:5829] Fw: cuban women communicators networking at beijing

From: Dorothy Kidd <kidda at>
Tue, 11 Jul 1995 14:58:26 -0700 (PDT)
To: infra-reds at, perg at, cmns-grad at
cc: RadioHC at TINORED.CU, blomley at, amarc at, fshroff at,
        kidd at, kidda at
Subject: cuban women communicators networking at beijing

This is a copy of a fax passed on to me recently. Please forward it. Dorothy
Women communicators intent on introducing gender approaches in products
aimed at social communication have rallied forces in order to identify
the main issues that link the will of today's Cuban women with the
endeavours of women around the world.

Recent times have been harsh for us: we have lost positions in Parliament
and in the Government; we are burdened by the economic crisis; we are
insufficiently represented in power and in general, the criteria of
equity that have long been a part of our struggle have not sufficiently
pervaded family life.

We seldom are the protagonists of important events in the mass media,
although among creators and producers a better understanding is beginning
to emerge about the disadvantages women have endured as a result of the
process of construction of gender differences.

These realities are coupled with political circumstances that have kept
us isolated for a long time, have made our lives much more difficult and
our shortages less bearable. These same difficulties have prevented our
voices from being heard in many forums and from reaching countries where
our truth has been concealed and our intentions distorted.

WE, Cuban communicators want to engage in dialogue and to expound: to
listen and learn; to plan and dream together; to direct our actions and
determine our goals; to lay out strategies and outline identities. As our
resources are so meager, only the solidarity of our friends could render
it possible for one of several of our candidates to attend the meeting at
Beijing, the Chinese capital city.

The Association of Women Communicators --MAGIN-- has brought together
highly trained professionals who make up a force of the present that
thinks in terms of the future. Given the nature of our daily tasks as
journalists, radio and television producers, publicists, film and
video-makers, academics, culture and community communications promoters,
psychologists and sociologists, among others, we have the possibility of
multiplying messages and outlining behaviours; of influencing the
collective consciousness and of contributing to an adequate inter-gender
construction to confront the violence and the injustice that victimize
one half of humankind.

Because it is an merging force, the Association of Women Communicators
(MAGIN) does not yet have the status of an NGO, but already enjoys a high
measure of prestige and public recognition. Its Managing Committee has
decided to appoint six highly qualified members of the Association,
capable of speaking for all of us, thinking for many of us and acting for
the majority of us, as candidaites to attend the Beijing gathering. That
in fact one or several of them can participate in that forum, will depend
on the funds we can raise.

We therefore, request your personal sponsorship, or that of your
organization, for:

	Mirta Rodriguez Calderon, a journalist, who for many years, has
placed the most ...(copy missing from this transmission. She writes for
Bohemia, a Cuban journal. dk.)

	Bicerta Sanchez de Gonzalez Garcia, a sociologist who has
introduced gender concepts in political studies programs, and identified
gaps and differences.

	Irene Esther Ruiz Narvaez, a television producer who has explored
the subjectivity of Cuban wome nowadays in documentaries and TV programs.

	Xiomara Blancl Gonzalez, a prestigious director of TV serials,
who has succeeded in presenting, bold, intelligent and determined feminine
characters on the small screen.

	Nora Quintana Ecehvarria, radio producer and consultant, who has
set standards and paved the way to gender approaches on the radio,

	Rosalia Arnaez, a journalist and tlevision anchor in programs which
attract large audiences, who is also a deputy to the People's Power
National Assembly.

If you or your organization decide to favour our presence in Biejin, to
support our actions and to be with us in our trek towards the future,
send us your contribution directly or through a check or money order to
one of hese two bank accounts placed at our disposal by supportive friends:

	Banco BICSA, account number 32101032600, Client No. 326

	Banco Financiero Internacional, account number 412-01-19.

For your information, the most inexpensive air fare Havana-Beijing costs
$US2200, and the least expensive registration, accomodation and internal
transportation costs a little over $US800.

Please notify your remittance to:

1.  Our provisional headquarters: ACNU (UN Cuban Association) Calle J
esquina a 25, Vedado. Telephone: (537) 32-4723.
2.  MAGIN-UNICEF. Telephone: (537) 33-6094; Telex:S1-3089; Fax (537)33-6288.
3.  MAGIN-editorial Pable, Calle II No. 160, entre L y K, Vedado.
Telephones: (537) 32-3322, (537) 32-7581.
4.  e-mail: RadioHC at TINORED.Cu

We will convey our grattitude directly or by return mail, and we will
send you a certificate of solidarity with MAGIN.

On behalf of MAGIN's Managing Committee.
Michael A. Lebowitz
Economics Department, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6
Office: (604) 291-4669; Office fax: (604) 291-5944
Home: (604) 255-0382; fax/modem (with notice):(604) 254-3510
Lasqueti: (604) 333-8810
e-mail: mlebowit at

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