The father in Cuban legislation: old and new debates

An analysis on paternity in Cuba, from its historic perspective to the current legislative transformations, centredon the Family Law.

The study of paternity based on the different branches of social sciences nowadays is of great interest and usefulness, since there are insufficient theoretical-scientific frameworks that take into account the father as the central point of reflection and that serve as a guide with respect to the group of questions interlaced around that social figure at present.Paternity, understood as a sociocultural construction, is the place assigned to the father, the responsibility, the wish to be a father and the experiences that accompany its exercise, which vary depending on the sociocultural contexts.[1]

About Mariel and the Cuban queer diaspora

Conversation with a “Marielito” who doesn’t bear a grudge because he was expelled from his country, but neither is he prepared to erase his past.

It was in early May 1980 when the police came to his home in Centro Habana with the order that he had to leave the country. At the time EloyGuzmán was 29 years old and had never thought about immigration. In Cuba, despite everything, he was happy.

Does the Labour Code protect domestics?

The new Code covers a group of transcendental aspects for the labour relations of those working today in the non-state sector, including remunerated domestics, but there are still gaps that must be bridged.

The principal regulation in Cuba of the framework related to employment is based on the Constitution of the Republic, whose article 45 stipulates that “Work is a right, a duty and an honour for each citizen.”

Spectacles for gender, from childhood

Though the government’s will and many of the policies established are directed at trying to position a gender-related focus in the different spheres of Cuban society, a great deal of the population and among many key social actors there are still sexist representations regarding gender, which reproduce discriminatory, biased and not very healthy practices for women and men. In this context, it is pertinent to work on the subject matter of gender during childhood, with an educational intention. This allows for having an early influence in the process of forming the personality and promoting beliefs and values coherent with gender equity.

Gender equity and women’s empowerment are one of the Millennium Goals Declaration, a document of the United Nations that served as a world common action and cooperation framework on development, since it was approved in 2000 and up until 2015, when the period of time to meet these goals ended. However, in 2013 gender equity was still considered one of the areas in which the advances had to be boosted and more audacious measures had to be taken.