• Montse DomínguezMunllonch

Cuban Entrepreneurs.

Updated: Sep 9


Cuban women cite gender challenges as they push to open businesses

Female entrepreneurs say a patriarchal society makes it tougher to take part in the island's gradual opening of small businesses.


AIynn Torres, a researcher on gender issues at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, said that while Cuba “made a very big leap” in the 1960s and ’70s in bring women into the workforce, its efforts have stagnated.


She said 60% of Cuba’s university graduates are women, but they mostly end up in the least paid economic sectors, such as education or social assistance. Women account for only a third of self-employed workers in Cuba, whose economy is still largely state-run businesses, and they make up just over 20% of the owners of small- and medium-size businesses, according to official figures.

“Conscious and systematic state actions, not only words, are absolutely essential to ensure the greater participation of women,”Torres said.


She said 60% of Cuba’s university graduates are women, but they mostly end up in the least paid economic sectors, such as education or social assistance. Women account for only a third of self-employed workers in Cuba, whose economy is still largely state-run businesses, and they make up just over 20% of the owners of small- and medium-size businesses, according to official figures.

“Conscious and systematic state actions, not only words, are absolutely essential to ensure the greater participation of women,” Torres said.

She said there should be more credit available for women business owners and more done to care for children, the sick and the elderly, which are responsibilities that now fall mainly on Cuba’s women.


According to official figures, in 2020 there were 602,000 self-employed Cubans, some of whom have started their own businesses. About 210,000 of them were women.

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Source :

https://rosalux.academia.edu/AilynnTorresSantana

Un Women. Gender

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cuban-women-cite-gender-challenges-push-open-businesses-rcna11186




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