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Castro says the world needs more women in politics


Alice Rodgers
WVoN co-editor 

Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, has said that the world would be a better place if there were more women in politics.

In an essay entitled ‘Sweetened Realities that Fade Away’, he reflected on the contributions of the  heads of state who attended the Summits of the Americas, in Cartagena, Colombia last weekend.

This meeting, which convenes every three years, is an opportunity for governments of the western hemisphere to discuss the challenges facing the Americas.

Castro was particularly supportive of Dilma Rousseff, the current president of Brazil, describing her as a “capable and intelligent woman”.

The ex-president of Cuba pointed to Rousseff’s analysis of the economic crisis and her comments about the damaging effects of the Eurozone’s monetary expansion on Brazil’s national industry.

She was, he said, dealing with the country’s economic issues “with authority and dignity”.

This year’s Summit was attended by more women leaders than ever before: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina; Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica; Portia Simpson Miller of Jamaica; Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago; and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil.

“The women attending the summit either as companions or as Heads of State were the ones who did it best. Once again they proved that the world would be a far better place if they took care of political affairs” the Cuban leader said.

In a continent often stereotyped for machismo it seems that the region is certainly making progress when it comes to women’s representation in politics.

That being said, five female leaders from a region of 34 countries shows that there is still a long way to go, as Castro himself observed.

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