CubaCaribe presents "Manos de Mujeres"
This years theme delves into the complex role of women today. It will highlight and honor the important work of women and the brilliant tools of their hands that have and continue to sustain us, In cultures that have strong gender roles, it is difficult for women to rise above their expected roles of mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, lovers, and caretakers. Their physical and intellectual work is often hidden and ignored and yet they carry the weight of their communities in their hands. Women’s hands, often beautiful and broken, are their lifelines, their power, their tools for tending. Women have been both historically and currently limited in their possibilities, and opportunities, yet are expected and do an immense amount of work. In many Latino and Caribbean cultures in particular, many women are dependent on men for financial support and often, physical survival which perpetuates the traditional values of “machismo.” Although this is ever evolving, it still stands in sharp contrast to the modern American woman who has made more advances towards independence. The work of women in Latino and Caribbean cultures is never done regardless if they work outside the home. Their children’s, partner’s, and parent’s complete care including education, emotions, and physical well-being is literally and metaphorically in their hands.
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