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Cuba Participates in Regional Meeting on Gender and Environment

Cuba’s Participation in Regional Meeting on Gender and Environment

The II Meeting of the Regional Working Group on Gender and Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean recently convened in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Representatives from Cuba participated in this significant event, part of the ongoing efforts led by the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean to address critical issues surrounding gender and the environment.

Taking place on May 9 and 10 at the Training Center of the Spanish Cooperation, Cuba was represented by Vice Minister Adianez Taboada from the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (Citma), alongside Martha Uratsuka, Vice President of the Environmental Agency.

Highlights from the Event

The meeting commenced with a warm welcome from María Teresa Becerra Ramírez, head of the International Affairs Office of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia. She also serves as a representative of the Training School of the Spanish Cooperation Center in Colombia.

Insights and Challenges

During the discussions, it was noted that approximately 335 million women and girls reside in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a significant portion—roughly 63 million—living in rural areas, where they have direct and continuous interaction with the natural environment. This insight was provided by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente (Citma).

The region faces notable disparities in women’s opportunities to exercise their full spectrum of rights, including issues related to access to natural resources, control over them, and the burdens of unpaid domestic work and care. Additional challenges such as health impacts from pollution, insecurity, gender-based violence, and limited political representation compound these inequalities.

Women Leading Environmental Movements

Despite these challenges, women are often at the forefront of environmental and territorial defense movements. However, alarming statistics indicate that several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are among the world leaders in the threats and assassinations of environmental defenders, including women.

CITMA cited the Global Witness 2022 report, revealing that in 2021 alone, 200 land and environmental defenders were killed, with 78% of these incidents occurring in Latin America. Shockingly, 20 of the victims globally were women, with 16 residing in the region.

Moving Towards Equality and Sustainability

In light of these disparities, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) underscores the urgent need to address gender gaps as fundamental to achieving sustainable development. Initiatives aimed at highlighting these issues and showcasing the pivotal role of women in the sustainable management of natural resources in Latin America and the Caribbean are imperative for creating a more equitable and environmentally resilient future.

 


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