El Blog de Mariela Castro

Women are no longer willing to be condemned to death by burning at the stake for heresy and witchcraft

Mr. Co-Chair, My delegation fully endorses the speech given by the representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in the name of the G-77. The promotion of equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment are pending issues of the international agenda that are urgently needed. We cannot speak about sustainable development when more than a billion people live under extreme poverty, while an unfair distribution of income increases. There will not be sustainable development if inequality lasts in the international economic relations. We cannot achieve sustainable development without a real political will directed to put an end to the deep gaps between rich and poor countries, if the existing gaps within each nation are not also eliminated, if there is not an agreed action to eradicate poverty that mainly affects women, girls and boys, young people and other vulnerable groups. There will not be sustainable development if the…

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Eight Session of the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, “Measuring democratic governance: the art of the possible”

Ladies and Gentlemen, As a member of the Cuban Parliament, I would like to socialize some ideas about the subject that brought us here today, because I consider that there are no unique patterns for democracy. The common denominator of democratic systems is that they are the expression of people‘s sovereignty and of the exercise of their right to freely determine their political, economic and social system. The nation’s government systems are, furthermore, intrinsically linked to their historic conditions. The exercise of democracy always presupposes the direct or indirect participation of the people in the fundamental decisions that concerns them. It also presupposes their direct control on the way they are represented. It also implies their total involvement over their countries’ natural resources, their economy and income distribution. The exercise of democracy also means a major participation in the decision making process of  vulnerable groups like women, young people, the…

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