WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

The Impact of U.S. Sanctions on Cuban Women

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 22 June 2021

(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Oxfam, the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), and Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE) for a panel discussion about the impact of U.S. sanctions on Cuban women and vulnerable populations in the context of a global pandemic: 

A new Oxfam report with a foreword by WOLA, Right to Live Without a Blockade: The Impact of U.S. Sanctions on the Cuban Population and Women’s Lives shows that women in Cuba carry the heaviest burden of sustaining daily life, dedicating over 35 hours per week to household work and family caregiving. The U.S. embargo reinforces these preexisting inequalities, limits opportunities, and causes material shortages, ongoing stress and lower quality of life, all of which affects women and vulnerable populations the most.

Nearly four of every five women and girls in Cuba were born under the U.S. embargo, whose effects have been compounded by the global pandemic. Cuban women are on the frontlines of the pandemic response and account for 71 percent of healthcare professionals. U.S. sanctions have prevented Cuba’s ability to procure equipment and materials needed to manage COVID-19 and to speed up mass vaccination.

Join this virtual event to hear more about these important issues. For additional information, contact Stephanie Burgos. 

Event Details: 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. (EDT) 

Opening Remarks: 

Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA)

Chair of the House Rules Committee


Elena Gentili 

Country Director in Cuba, Oxfam

Isabel Alfonso 

Director, CAFE 

Conner Gorry 

Senior Editor, MEDICC Review



Geoff Thale

President, WOLA