Women play leading role in Cuba

In addition, 62.8 percent of university graduates are female.

As a result of government strategies aimed at promotion to public office, Cuba ranks third worldwide in number of females holding a seat in parliament.

For the first time a woman is Vice President of the Council of State and another woman is Deputy Chair of the National Assembly of People's Power.

The Caribbean country was the first to sign and the second to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, says the report published at the website of the Human Rights Council.

Despite the blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for more than 50 years, Cuba has achieved many of the UN Millennium Development Goals, including the promotion and empowerment of women.

Topics related to gender equality, children's rights and sexuality were incorporated in the curricula of primary, secondary and higher education.

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