Africa Now March 30, 2016 Bridges Connecting the African World; Women's Advancement in Cuba Since the Revolution; the Cape Town Jazz Festival

Africa Now March 30, 2016

Topics: Bridges Connecting the African World; Women's Advancement in Cuba Since the Revolution; and the Cape Town Jazz Festival

Topics and Guests: Bridges Connecting the African World; Women's Advancement in Cuba Since the Revolution; and the Cape Town Jazz Festival.  Mr. Jesus "Chucho" Garcia, General Consul of Venezuela in New Orleans.  Professor Caridad Morales Nussa, an ESL & Spanish Professor at Towson University.  Information was provided about the Cape Town International Jazz Festival which takes place April 1st and April 2nd.  

Topics and Guests:  On Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2nd one of the world's great jazz festival takes place in Cape Town, South Africa.  The 17th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival features more than 40 artists from the African continent and beyond.  Next week Katea Stitt-WPFW's Program Director-will provide a report back from the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Late last month the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela presented a briefing on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent which is from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2024.   Panelists discussed importance of "The Decade" and efforts to meet the theme of the decade "People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development."  The International Decade for People of African Descent was proclaimed on December 23, 2013 with the adoption of Resolution 68/237 by the General Assembly of the UN under the theme "People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development."  According to the "The Decade's" official UN website:  "The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society."  Today's Africa Now! features the presentation by Mr. Jesus "Chucho" Garcia, General Consul of Venezuela in New Orleans.  Mr. Garcia is one of leading experts on the Afro-Venezuelan community and long-time activist against racism who has written and researched extensively on the African World.  At the briefing Jesus "Chucho" Garcia focused on the bridges that connect the African World.

As Africa Now! continues to commemorate Women's History Month, today the show spotlights women in Cuba.  Issues facing women have been an important component of the Cuban Revolution.   Last week the Cuba Beyond the Headlines series of Howard University's Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center and in collaboration with the Political Science Department, and the Center for African Studies focused on women in Cuba with Professor Caridad Morales Nussa.  The program highlighted the advancement and state of women in Cuba since the revolution; with a particular reference to the Federation of Cuban Women which was formed in 1960 and has played a leading role in promoting gender equality and women's rights in the country.  A historical overview of issues affecting on the island was also presented.  Professor Caridad Morales Nussa, is an ESL & Spanish Professor at Towson University and is a native of Cuba.   She serves on the Steering Committee of the US Women and Cuba Collaboration, and as program director for Cuba Life Travels in Baltimore, she arranges and leads educational trips to Cuba.  Currently, she teaches Spanish in the Foreign Languages Department at Towson University. 

Click here to listen to Africa Now! of March 30, 2016 Bridges Connecting the African World; Women's Advancement in Cuba Since the Revolution; and the Cape Town Jazz Festival.  

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