We invite you to learn more about and become involved with the three national campaigns the US Woman and Cuba Collaboration engages.
US Women and Cuba Collaboration members march
at the US Social Forum in Atlanta, June 2007
PROMOTING THE 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. This campaign works broadly through education, legislative advocacy, and collaboration with global allies to support travel freedoms and to increase opportunities for people to people exchanges in Cuba that are educational and inspiring to the local and global visions of everyone involved. The Obama administration has made improvements to some Bush anti-family policies that restricted family visits and financial aid from Cuban Americans to their Cuban families, but all travel barriers should come down. As traditional caretakers of the family, Cuban women in particular have suffered both in the US and in Cuba as a result of travel bans. US citizens without Cuban heritage have almost no chance of visiting Cuba because US travel policies have eliminated virtually all avenues for licensed travel to Cuba. We believe this violates our constitutional right to travel and experience other nations for ourselves, and we believe that a policy of isolating Cuba should be replaced by a policy of engaging Cuba so that citizens of both countries might experience the realities of one another's cultures for themselves. Together with the leadership of Cuban American women, and working closely with LAWG (Latin American Working Group) and other advocacy groups, the Collaboration focuses attention and education on efforts to lift the travel ban and effect positive Cuba travel legislation.
EDUCATING ABOUT THE 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. This campaign organizes and makes presentations at local, national and international events, and expands the role and involvement of Cuban and Cuban American women in our work. Even though Cuba is only 90 miles from the US mainland, most US people remain ignorant of the realities of Cuba, including the advances of the Cuban women's movement in establishing equality for the millions of women in Cuba. Women's rights are minimal, stagnant, and threatened in various parts of the world, but Cuban women continue to have increased representation at every level of Cuban society including government, business and professional sectors. This has been possible because of the role of Cuban women and their organization, the Federation of Cuban Women-which represents about 85% of Cuban women over the age of 14-and women's access to free education, healthcare, housing and other human rights guaranteed by the Cuban constitution.
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. This campaign works to develop the infrastructures of women's movements, furthering relationships and collaborations with women globally around issues of women's human rights, racial and economic justice, real security, and peace. The vision for a women's movement based in human rights is reflected powerfully in the status of women in Cuba, Venezuela and much of the Global South. We in the US have much to learn from our sisters abroad but we have not fully realized how international strategies and UN Resolutions can advance the status of women for us in the US. We highly value opportunities for dialogue with women in their home countries, as meeting outside the US helps us see issues with new eyes, just as it changes, deepens, and enlivens the terms of encounters we have with women of our host nation, with women of other nations, and, in telling ways, with women from across the US. Creating educational programs, organizing tools, and networking opportunities have enhanced our ability to reach wider audiences of US women with whom to share the often negative impacts of US international policies on Cuban women and other international populations, and as well to increase US women's solidarity in working with international women's groups to ratify CEDAW and to implement US Resolution 1325.
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.
- 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.
Join the US Women & Cuba Collaboration. Contact us to be added to our email list for notices of news, action items, and upcoming delegation opportunities (not more than one email a month).