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Strengthening co-responsible elderly care in current Cuban context through gender equity mainstreaming and elder´s wellbeing.


Cuba is one of the most aged countries in the region and ageing is puzzling labor market, social care, health infrastructure, and family functioning. In this context, Cuban government has launched in 2011, the New lines for economic and Social development (NLESD), and formally opened elderly care to private initiatives, volunteers, and other actors, who share along with formal institutions the social responsibility for elderly care. However, in a scenario of compulsory familialism, in which women have overload of responsibilities, it is a challenge to conciliate context demands, with the different positions of women and men in relation to ageing and elderly care. Health institutions are actually carrying out training in geriatrics assistance for these actors, but there is a lack of social analysis and capacitation in gender perspective and better social practices toward elder´s wellbeing. Present project is aiming to strengthen gender standpoint in the co-responsible perspective of the new lines of public policy, by enhancing gender viewpoint in social care practices and the contribution of universities to this process. 

Intervention type

South Initiatives


01/01/2017 - 31/12/2018

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Piet Bracke
Local promoter Angela Isabel Peña
Local partner institution Universiteit Gent
Local partner institution Universidad de La Habana
Budget € 50.326