US Women & Cuba Collaboration is an association of women and organizations working in coalition with women in Cuba to build bridges within and between our nations that foster inclusive and progressive women's movements and networks for justice, real security and women's rights.
Collaboration Members at UN CSW 57
JOIN US IN CHICAGO
NATIONAL NOW CONFERENCE
& CUBA COMMUNITY EVENTS
Norma Guillard, Cuban Social Psychologist and former brigadista with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign, is coming to Chicago with the US Women and Cuba Collaboration and The Literacy Project for community events and to participate in the National Organization for Women Conference, July 5 - 7.
Monday, July 1, 7pm
Screening of Maestra
Featured Speaker: Norma Guillard
Location: Loyola University, Corboy Law Center
25 E Pearson, Room 421
Near Chicago & State Red Line L stop
Introductory remarks by Jan Strout, U.S. Women & Cuba
Collaboration Project and Stan Smith, Chicago Committee to
Free the Cuban 5. Sponsored by
Loyola University Department of Sociology, U.S. Women &
Cuba Collaboration, The Literacy Project, and Chicago
Committee to Free the Cuban 5. Please see further details of
this program below, under July 5 NOW Conference events,
Tuesday, July 2, 6pm
Speakers: Norma Guillard and Jan Strout
Consulate General of Venezuela in Chicago
20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1925, Civic Opera Building
2013 NATIONAL NOW CONFERENCE
720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL
Friday, July 5 -
Sunday, July 7
Together, United for Equality
Check the NOW Conference Website for updates on programs
and events. Conference registration required for following
Friday, July 5, 2-3pm
Women of the World Unite to End Violence Against
Women & Girls!
Workshop Presentation with Jan Strout, National NOW Board, US Women and Cuba Collaboration; Zenaida Mendez, President, New York State NOW and National Dominican Women’s Caucus; Mona Lisa Wallace, National NOW Board; Jerilyn Stapleton, National NOW Board; and Stephanie Ortoleva, Women Enabled (participating via Handout)
Friday, July 5, 9PM
Feminist Flicks @ 2013 NOW Conference!
Maestra/Teacher (30 minutes, directed by Catherine Murphy, Cuba/US), 2011
Maestra is a powerful documentary about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign which raised literacy in Cuba to 95%. The film celebrates this amazing story through original film footage of the period, photographs and personal interviews of the teachers who are now in their 60's, 70's and 80's. As they tell their stories, the Cuban women reflect on the transformation of their own lives and the whole of Cuban society as a result of the literacy campaign. For most, it was the first time they experienced independence and realized their power. Maestra will be introduced by Norma Guillard of Cuba, one of the original teachers from the Campaign featured in the film who was 15 years old when she and her sister joined the Literacy Campaign.
Like Maestra on FaceBook!
2-minute Maestra Trailer
Maestra Interview at Traverse City Film Festival
Saturday, July 6, 3:45pm, NW 3/4
Keynote Plenary with Norma Guillard
Cuban Social Psychologist and Collaboration Member
2013 WOMEN'S RESEARCH
DELEGATION TO CUBA &
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
Women Advancing Gender Equality,
Racial Justice and Sustainable Development
November 22-December 1, 2013
Join Us in Cuba!
Please join us for our Fall 2013 Women's Research
Delegation which will include attending the 2013
University of Havana "Women in the 21st Century"
International Women's Conference.
Specific information about the University of Havana Conference and its Call for Proposals may be found here.
The delegation will be co-led by Jan Strout, US Women and Cuba Collaboration Co-Chair, and Zenaida Mendez, Collaboration National Advisory Board Member and NYS National Organization for Women (NOW) President.
Licensed Travel Provider: Marazul Charters will
coordinate our program Program
Consultants: US Women and Cuba Collaboration
Co-sponsors: National Women's Dominican Caucus, National Organization for Women, WILPF Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee
Participants: 20-25 women
Estimated Cost: $2200 if paid in full by September 16, 2013 / $2400 after September 16, plus round trip travel from your home city to Miami
Payment Deadline: October 18
ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS WE HAVE REQUESTED:
Havana: University of Havana International Women's Conference, National Headquarters of the Federation of Cuban Women, Literacy Museum, Latin American Medical School, National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), Union of Cuban Artists and Writers (UNEAC); City Tour including visits with artists and filmmakers, Museum of the Revolution and Old Havana
Soroa and Las Terrazas (west of Havana): UNESCO Preserve sustainable village, Artist's salons
Matanzas: Slave Route Museum, Arts and Culture Provincial Teachers School, Alternative Health Center
Varadero Beach: Women's Agricultural Coop, Meetings to explore tourism and the global economy
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
RT Airfare from Miami to Havana
Double room accommodations (single supplement available) with breakfast daily, other meals as indicated in the program, International Women's Conference Registration, Cuban Visa, health insurance in Cuba, ground transportation, bi-lingual guide, experienced Trip Leaders, Cuba Study Guide, and full research program of site visits, meetings and exchanges.
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- Free the Cuban 5!
- WMW Feminist Action
Travel With Us
"Women Advancing Economic
Justice and Human Rights"
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- | Reflections:
- | 2012 Delegation Photo Slideshow
- | Cuban Girls' Salsa Dance Troupe
- | El Presidente Hip Hop Dance Troupe in Santiago de Cuba
- Right to Travel: Help us work to end all travel bans on US citizens for travel to Cuba, and on Cubans who cannot secure US visas to visit the US.
- Reality of Cuban Women's Lives: Learn about impressive public policy advances of Cuban women, and also about the harsh impacts of the US blockade on the lives of Cuban women and children.
- Advancing Global Feminisms: Join us as we learn how to share the lessons of global women's networks to advance the status of women globally and to build a strong US women's movement.
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The Cuban 5
Our mission is to build a strong US women's movement dedicated to ending the US government blockade of Cuba and to creating mutually beneficial US–Cuba relations; our work is rooted in the concept of universal human rights, racial and economic justice, and women's rights.
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