The death of Fidel Castro brings reflection on how his country handled prejudice, writes William Gumede.

Cuba’s efforts to roll back racism offer valuable lessons for South Africa, where racism, because of the legacy of colonialism, slavery and apartheid, is deeply ingrained within institutions, social relations and everyday behaviour.

Cuba has done more to combat racism than South Africa, Brazil and the US – the globe’s other nations with racism allied to persistent race-based inequalities, which have their origins in historical injustices against black people, such as colonialism, slavery and Jim Crow segregation and apartheid.

The trouble in countries such as South Africa and Cuba is that racism, because of the particularly deep racist legacy of the past, infuses the DNA of almost every institution in society. Racist practices become so much a part of habits and routine, and social and professional interaction, that it is often not even recognised as such.

Throughout this world racism still exists. The racism should be solved as soon as possible because it might cause a great problem in the future. And since the education system are getting developed the racism should be taught as a bad thing for the future kids.

 

For more information: http://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/analysis/lessons-from-cuba-about-combating-residual-racism-2095471

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Women’s Rights

Women’s rights around the world is an important indicator to understand global well-being.

Yet, despite many successes in empowering women, numerous issues still exist in all areas of life, ranging from the cultural, political to the economic. For example, women often work more than men, and they are paid less; gender discrimination affects girls and women throughout their lifetime; and women and girls are often are the ones that suffer the most poverty.

Reading this report about the United Nation’s Women’s Treaty and how a variety of countries have lodged reservations to various parts of it shows we still have a long way to go to achieve universal gender equality.

Gender equality furthers the cause of child survival and development for all of society, so the importance of women’s rights and gender equality should not be underestimated.

After I read this article I felt that the world was still in a position of gender inequality. During these days some women are payed less than men even though they did same amount of work. And there are even some countries where women do not have sufficient right to make decisions. However I can see the hard effort taken by other people to solve these kind of problems.  Gender inequality should be solved as soon as possible to mention the importance of women’s rights to children.

More information: http://www.globalissues.org/article/166/womens-rights