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Havana, Cuba.- The 10th Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) continues on Thursday in Havana, debating key national issues.

After an intense debate in four working commissions, the event takes place this Thursday at the Convention Center in Havana to discuss gender equality, social and preventive work, linking women to the economic model and youth as a guarantee of the continuity of the Revolution.

During the event opening ceremony on Wednesday, FMC General Secretary Teresa Amarelle highlighted the role of Cuban women as an advocate of the revolutionary process and called for multiplying actions to further call new generations to be members of the organization.

According to official sources, Cuba has more than 4,300,000 FMC members, a figure exceeding 90 percent of those over 14 years of age.

Cuban women represent 53.2 percent of lawmakers in the National People’s Power Assembly (Parliament), the highest legislative body in Cuba, and 48.4 percent of the members of Council of State.

They account for 60.5 percent of Higher Education graduates and 67.2 percent of technicians and professionals nationwide.

Women represent 49 percent of the labor force in the civil state sector; 48.6 of leaders; 81.9 of professors, teachers and scientists; 80 of prosecutors, presidents of Provincial Courts, professional judges and the workforce in the Health and Education sectors.

The delegates, gathered on Wednesday at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, highlighted the role of women in several sectors related to the economic and social development in many Cuban provinces, including agriculture, as this is an essential source in food production.

FMC members advocated for expanding the work of the organization in social to face actions that are carried out from different digital platforms to overshadow the image of the Cuban Revolution.

The congress, to end Friday in plenary session, was preceded by an assembly process in blocs and grassroots delegations of the organization, which continued in the municipal and provincial organizations.

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