Vilma Espín, an authentic Cuban woman. Photo: Internet
Vilma Espín is a commitment to follow her example as the eternal President of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC). Simple woman, with humility and intransigence, stroked with her smile the word Woman and fought with energy in favor of the genre.
She undertook the commitment to achieve the empowerment of women, from changing the machista lags in the inherited culture. She was a loyal friend and companion of all the women of the world, our dear Vilma Espín Guillois. Considered one of the most exceptional women of the Revolution, Vilma faced the risk and the sacrifice of the clandestinity and honored the guerrilla. Her participation as a fighter of the Rebel Army was decisive.
From a young age she was linked to the best causes of the country. With the revolutionary triumph in 1959, Vilma led the unification of women's organizations and then the constitution of the Federation of Cuban Women, on August 23, 1960, an organization to which she devoted herself to the last minute of her life.
She is recognized as a tireless fighter for the emancipation of women and for the defense of the rights of children, youth and the family, transcending borders as vice president of the Democratic Federation of Women (FIDIM). Within the long and complex process of nation formation she cultivated the ethical values that always accompanied her.
That June 18, 2007 the news burst into the homes. Today, in front of the site where Vilma’s remains rest, the Cuban people honor her example and offer her flowers. Vilma is still with us. She is a symbol for present and future battles for a better world. Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada said: "(...) she leaves us an insurmountable example of loyalty, firmness, sacrifice and modesty". Déborah, Alicia, Monica, Mariela, Vilma is the face of the Cuban woman, the beautiful synthesis of her long struggle for emancipation.