Martes, 10 Noviembre 2015 02:47

A new communication campaign for women

A new communication campaign for women is addressing psychological abuse.

“It has been developed and launched by the Oscar A. Romero Reflection and Solidarity Group, an NGO working to make violence against women and girls visible and help eradicate it,” said María T. Díaz, its communication specialist.

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Martes, 10 Noviembre 2015 02:40

Teenagers and the media

Teenagers who live under poverty conditions or have committed crimes are now participating in a new project developed by the School of Communication at the University of Havana.

The idea is to make them reflect on family relations, their neighborhoods and school settings.
Reporter Rodolfo Romero told SEMlac that the initial beneficiaries included teenagers at reformatories under the umbrella of the Minors Division at the Ministry of the Interior (MININT), with the support of the Ministry of Education and other local institutions.

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Lunes, 26 Octubre 2015 18:21

Impact of risks at work on women and men

Sexist messages that are deeply rooted in patriarchal myths, prejudices and stereotypes often marginalize and underestimate women at work.

“Psycho-social risks have a special negative impact on women,” said Lucía García, a training specialist at a project design company (EPROGIV).

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Non-heterosexual people are often accused of being sick, depraved and sinful, and continue to be rejected by the Church.

Noemí Vázquez (60), whose partner has for decades been another woman, speaks of her love of Christ with the same conviction she defends her legitimate sexual orientation.

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Lunes, 04 Mayo 2015 14:32

A young look at gender violence

A young girl jumps from her bunk at a boarding junior-high school when she wakes up in the middle of the night and realizes that her friend is not in her bed. When she finally arrives, she lets her know that her boyfriend raped her when she asked him to separate.

This is the plot of Literas (Bunks), a short film by Carla Valdés, a fourth-year student at the School of Audiovisual Productions of the College of Art (ISA).
"I was inspired by true stories," she told SEMlac.

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Lunes, 27 Abril 2015 14:09

Women and violence

Shortly after sunset, the living room of Odalys Rodríguez provides an excellent framework for experience-sharing among women members of one of seven Self-Help Groups. They were all established by the Bartolomé G. Lavastida Christian Training and Service Center (CCSC- BG) in Santiago de Cuba, 862 kilometers east of Havana.

Its members discuss family and gender violence issues, and have their awareness raised so that they can put an end to male-chauvinistic practices.

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Lunes, 27 Abril 2015 14:04

Dealing with homophobia in the media

Non-heterosexual people are hardly covered by the local media in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, 862 kilometers away from the capital city.

A research work by communication expert María Rodríguez in 2014 showed that sexual diversity issues have been raised only after the holding of the National Meetings against Homophobia. This initiative has been annually implemented by the National Sex Education Center (CENESEX) since 2007.

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Sexual violence does not lead to teenage pregnancy cases in Cuba as much as it does in other countries of the region.

"Subtle forms of violence are actually related to early pregnancy situations," said Livia Quintana, a psychologist working for the University of Havana's Population Study Center (CEDEM).

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Lunes, 20 Abril 2015 15:13

Women and economic violence

Whenever money and/or material goods are used to blackmail, abuse or coerce women, economic violence comes into play.
"This is one of the most common male-chauvinistic behaviors," said economist Teresa Lara.

She highlighted the fact that these acts often involve physical and psychological abuse, because they are based on unequal power relations between men and women.

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Using a categorical phrase, Cuban writer Laidi Fernández summarizes social indifference to women who are violence victims.

Her work Naderías de hoy (Silly Little Things of Today) was granted the first prize at the 8th International Dinosaur Short Story Contest in 2014.

She is one of the most outstanding contemporary Cuban writers who are deeply involved in the struggle for women's rights on the island.

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