More women in government positions in Cuba

News from Cuba | Thursday, 23 August 2012

The number of women holding seats in Cuba's Parliament has increased to 45% over the past two years, the third-highest in the world for female representation.

A report in the daily Cuban newspaper Granma, which coincided with the 52nd anniversary of the founding of the Federation of Cuban Women(FMC) said that government initiatives to promote the presence of women has led to 7 government bodies employing 50-70% women in senior positions. In addition, the ministers of Food Industry, Finances and Prices, Internal Commerce, Education, Labor, Science, Justice, and Light Industry are all women. Other important posts held by women include the Controller-General's Office and the Water Resources Institute.

The report also noted increases in female representation on Provincial Administration Councils and municipal councils.

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