International Women’s Day in Cuba: “Today Could Be a Good Day”
It’s March 8th and they want us to believe that we, Cuban women, have almost everything. But, that’s not true. There’s still a lot to be done in our country for us to achieve real gender equality. Necessary changes can (and should) begin with us. If it’s up to us to play a more active […]
And what if we don’t strike?
On the eve of March 8th, International Women’s Day, we had some good news: Alas Tensas, a Cuban feminist magazine, has launched its website. You can now find us here! A large part of what we do or publish ever since we founded the magazine on October 16th 2016 (in print and pdf files), can now be […]
Discovering and Living Feminism Changed This Cuban’s Life
Ileana Alvarez, founder of the Cuban feminist magazine Alas Tensas (Tense wings) is a hard-working woman who loves what she does. She works at her home in Ciego de Avila and enjoys every moment greatly. Ever since we discovered that she was being harassed by State Security, we have tried to bring this interview to […]
Sexual Harassment on Cuba’s Streets: What Can We Do About It?
It’s the morning and I’m walking down a block which generally has very few cars and pedestrians at this time of day. I see a neglected park on my right, as it’s full of rubble, heaps of sand, bags of cement… they’re building something. I carry on, and about 4 meters away from me, a […]
An Animal Protector in Cuba
Diana Cary Angelbello Alvarez (Ciego de Avila, 1987) is an animal protector: “I always thought about having a place where I could collect the animals I would see on the street.” Diana watched a TV documentary about a woman in Colombia who had managed to create an Animal Sanctuary and she told herself: “well, maybe […]
Afibola: Deconstructing the Factory of Fear
It’s night-time. Suspicious eyes roam the streets. Poetry is being read, songs are being sung and there are cries at a new alternative festival “Poesia Sin Fin”, in a corner of Old Havana. We don’t all fit inside the house. The audience gathers outside a door and window to hear verses. Suddenly, when it’s her […]
Why do they want to cut our wings?
Those of us who create the feminist magazine Alas Tensas, have been suffering harassment and systematic attacks over the past two months. They want or need our independent, and self-proclaimed feminist, media platform to disappear, there’s no doubt about it. Like British feminist Mary Beard said in her essay The Public Voice of Women: “It’s […]
Yes I’m a Female Watchmaker, Why Not?
It’s no easy task to fix something here in Cuba. You know you can’t throw anything out because you might need it tomorrow. As days pass by, the spare room or junk drawer fills up. Until the time comes when necessity drives you to try and get something fixed, even though you’ll lose the whole […]
Periods without Pads in Cuba
Every month, something happens that makes me anxious, stressed and afraid… when my body warns me that this something is on its way, I start looking in cupboards and drawers, I take to the street to ask where the black market retail points are, I turn to friends, I ask my mother if she can […]
“Mini Sweet Fifteens” and Early Gender Violence
It’s sad, but not shocking. Being surprised isn’t really common anymore when you know that the law in Cuba doesn’t sentence a large part of different displays of violence towards women. But, it does hurt. It’s painful to see that this phenomenon is spreading its wings and going down dangerous paths, much more dangerous than […]