A few weeks ago I traveled with the Center for Democracy in the Americas to Cuba on a fact finding trip to learn about current events in Cuba with a special focus on women and the challenges they face. As Cuba addresses its complex and immense economic issues facing their country, women are part of the dialogue.
In Cuba, the statistics tell compelling stories in several areas on gender equality. There are 612 Members of Cuba’s National Assembly, and 299 of them (48.8%) are women. Women also chair four of the body’s ten committees. Sitting in a room with all the women who serve in the Cuban Assembly was profoundly moving. When I listened to the women outline their priorities, it became clear that having women in power does matter.