Gender and Violence in Cuba
From Jeff Layne on October 11th, 2017
Cuban Author and Publisher
Aida Bahris is a fiction writer, literary critic, screenwriter, researcher, and publisher from Cuba. In this presentation, she reads a hard-hitting short story set in Cuba about violence against women. Before she reads her story, Ms. Bahr places its theme in context. She notes that, historically, violence is ingrained in Cuban culture, with its history of colonization, slavery, pre-independence wars, and two revolutions. The 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power resulted in legislation giving women equal rights with men to work outside the home and a full year of maternity leave. However, the patriarchal history of Cuban society has worked against these conscious efforts to improve women’s standing; for example, domestic violence is still a problem.
Recorded: September 27, 2017