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Today: 8th Latin American Conference on Gender and Communication Held in Cuba
In its opening session, the director of the Mujeres (Women) magazine, Isabel Moya, spoke in the name of the national direction of the FMC (Federation of Cuban Women). She said, "The great hegemonic media outlets recycle and try to perpetuate patriarchy, while andocentric ideology resists being completely replaced by relations of equity between the sexes."

Moya added that since 1959 in Cuba, the government has implemented its national development strategy, the results of which are statistically evident. Cuban women represent more than 45 percent of the labor force, more than 66 percent of the high and mid-level technical force, more than 36 percent of those people holding managerial posts in the civilian-state sector, 64 percent of university graduates, and 43 percent of the parliamentary representatives.

"Changing traditional concepts of female and male has been one of the main lines of work of the FMC since its creation on August 23, 1960. Vilma Espín, the president our organization, left a very special mark in this work," she said.

Moya also pointed out that a year after the foundation of the federation, its press outlet, the Mujeres magazine, was created. This was a substitute for the national magazine Vanidades, which is still published in other Latin American countries.

"Three of the greatest and most complete research works on women and media outlets in Cuba were initiated by the FMC - in 1980, 1989 and 1997.

In this sense, the relation established with UPEC (the Union of Cuban Journalists and Writers) has been fundamental. One of UPECs principal objectives is that media outlets not be sexist, but participatory and inclusive," she said.

Aixa Hevia, the UPEC vice president and president of the conferences organizing committee, said that in the meeting there are participants from eleven countries - consisting of Mexico, Spain, Argentine, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Italy, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Panama and Cuba. She also added that while in 2006 there were 96 works presented, this year there are 111.


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