May 21, 2015

Vancouver Celebrates International Women’s Day 2015:
Women & the Cuban Revolution, a Revolution within the Revolution

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Every year, women all around the world gather to mark International Women’s Day. This day is the opportunity to celebrate the gains that women have made around the world in their struggle for justice and equality.

The “Revolution within the Revolution” is what Fidel called the fight for women's rights in Cuba, and it is a revolution which is thriving and moving forward even today, for Cuban women and the world-wide struggle of for women's rights!

For International Women’s Day 2015, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) organized an evening featuring political and cultural presentations from women around the world, with a special focus on learning from the great gains made by Cuban women in their “Revolution within the Revolution.”

On Saturday, March 7, at the downtown Vancouver Public Library, supporters of Cuba in Vancouver, as well as people looking for a new way to celebrate International Women’s Day, came together for a full program of film, poetry and greetings. Participants were also treated with special international greetings from Miraly González González, the First Secretary and Political Attaché of the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa and Carolina Escarrá with the International Relations of the Youth of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (JPSUV).

International greetings were followed by remarks and poetry by Kelly White, a Coast Salish Elder, Colleen Glynn, the Secretary of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) and President of the Richmond NDP, Tamara Hansen, Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) and author of the book “5 Decades of the Cuban Revolution: the Challenges of an Unwavering Leadership” (Battle of Ideas Press), Azza, an organizer with Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba from Tunisia, Macarena Cataldo Hernandez, a Chilean social justice activist and Mayra, a Nicaraguan poet and activist. This dynamic celebration for women’s liberation came to close with a salsa lesson and dancing that got everyone up and moving.