Africa Now November 4, 2015
Topics: Cuba’s Foreign Policy; and Fighting Poverty by Empowering Women
Topics and Guests: On July 20 this year, Cuba officially reopened its embassy in Washington, DC after 54 and on the same day the United States reopened its Embassy in Havana as well. This marked the restoration of full diplomatic ties between the two countries. But the U.S. embargo against Cuba is still in place. Recently Cuba’s Ambassador to the United States Jose Cabañas participated in a discussion on Cuba’s foreign policy. Using examples of Cuba’s solidarity with countries in various ways—liberation struggles, in education, health etc—Ambassador Cabañas emphasized how Cuba’s foreign policy is based on principles. The discussion was the inaugural of the year-long series “Cuba: Beyond the Headlines” presented by Howard University’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center in collaboration with Political Science Department and the Center for African Studies.
This September new Global Goals were agreed upon by the United Nations for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to create a better world. A critical part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the empowerment of women and girls. Goal Five of the new Global Goals is Gender Equality and as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “We cannot achieve our 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, without full and equal rights for half of the world’s population, in law and in practice.” (Source: Women worldwide live longer, healthier lives with better education, says new UN report, UN News, Oct. 20, 2015) In October The World’s Women 2015 was released and it emphasized that even though there have been some improvements, gender based discrimination and violence continue to affect women and girls. Joining Africa Now! to discuss the fight against poverty by empowering girls and women is Selmor Mtukudzi. Ms. Selmor Mtukudzi is a Zimbabwean singer/activist who is a popular Afro-Jazz musician has been in the industry for over ten years. She is the daughter of Zimbabwean music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi.
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Click here to listen to the full discussion on Cuba's foreign policy with Ambassador Jose Cabañas part of the series “Cuba: Beyond the Headlines” presented by Howard University’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center in collaboration with Political Science Department and the Center for African Studies.