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"Prevention of maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights"

Explanation of vote by the delegation of Cuba on the draft resolution L.3/Rev.1 entitled "Prevention of maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights" at the 33 regular session of the Human Rights Council. Geneva, September 30, 2016.

Mr. President:

Cuba was the first country to sign and the second to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and complies with the international commitments on gender equality and empowerment of women agreed in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Declaration and Programme of Action on Population and Development.

Our country defended achieving ODS-5 linked to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, the mainstreaming of gender perspective in the 2030 Agenda and actively participated in the creation of UN Women.

We, Cuban women, are protagonists in the process of development. Our empowerment is synonymous with autonomy. We make decisions and give meaning to our own lives to be able to exercise our rights, including sexual and reproductive rights. We have universal access to health services, education and others, without discrimination based on gender. Cuban women can make decisions in their life, body, subjectivity and are not subject to any dominion. In addition, various national programs on sexual education, responsible parenthood, family planning, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, among others, are implemented in the country.

We believe that in the world, gender inequalities intersect with other inequalities that hamper development and sustainability. Therefore, the issue of maternal mortality and morbidity should be addressed from a holistic approach, linking both the rights of women and girls, including their sexual and reproductive rights, as the perspective of social development.

To prevent the deaths of millions of women during childbirth we must realize the human right to the highest standard of physical and mental health, including sexual and reproductive rights. Internationally, there must be compliance with the commitments of Official Development Assistance and provision of the necessary resources to enable implementing the 2030 Agenda.  The brain drain policies should be eliminated, especially that of health professionals and transfer of technologies and knowledge needed to strengthen the national public health systems of the countries of the South should be made.

Cuba will continue working on these objectives, including in this Council.

Thank you.

 

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