7 provinces of the country participated in an online gathering of the World March of Women this March 8th for sustainable living- a space where these Cuban farmers shared experiences and showed their support for economic and food sovereignty in harmony with nature. Among the programs and organizations that participated in the discussion were the ministry of agriculture, the Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians (AACTAF), and the Local Agricultural Innovation Program (PIAL), which sent pamphlets to help farmers build family vegetable gardens with guidance on when and how to plant various crops, a valuable resource to increase the knowledge of participants. The gathering was full of stories such as that of Omaida Scott Alfaro from the town of Artemisa, the artistic promoter of the project “The mountain and I”, which followed her activities during the pandemic, and her achievement in providing self sufficiency in fruits, roots, and vegetables for her household and community. The sharing of experiences and of the work these farmers are doing serves as an example, so that more and more women can put their faith in self-sufficiency, innovation, and sustainable living through various means, and above all achieving female empowerment. The days activities included, in partnership with the Care Network, a second workshop to study caregiving, with the goal of contributing to the sociological research and formulating policies that pay for caregiving work and build a united labor agenda. Caregiving and self-care have been essencial to preventing the virus and guarantee survival during hard times. Physical isolation and quarantine have intensified the burden of this work, especially for women, and the Social Sciences have the urgent responsibility of tackling this fact as part of the commitment to life, development, and social equity.
¡Resistimos para vivir, marchamos para transformar! We resist to live, we march to transform! Nous résistons pour vivre, nous marchons pour transformer ! Resistimos para viver, marchamos para transformar!