A Palestinian woman throws stones towards Israeli forces during clashes that erupted following a rally marking International Woman’s Day at Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, Palestine, March 8, 2014. (Photo: Mohamad Torokman / Reuters)
Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! (or belated Women’s Day, depending on the time zone)
Vilma Lucila Espín Guillois (April 7, 1930 – June 18, 2007) was a Cuban revolutionary, feminist and chemical engineer. She was one of the most important fighters in the struggle for Cuban women’s equality as well as fighting against the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship.
Vilma studied chemical engineering at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts before meeting revolutionary leader Frank País in Havana in the 1950s. The meeting led Espín to become a leader of the revolutionary movement in Oriente province. Espín acted as a messenger between the movement and Fidel Castro’s revolutionary underground 26th of July Movement, which had been relocated to Mexico in order to plan a future invasion. It was in Mexico that Espín met Raúl Castro. She then went on to assist the revolutionaries in the Sierra Maestra mountains after the 26th of July Movement’s return to Cuba on the Granma yacht. She and Raúl married in January 1959.
Vilma Espín headed the Cuban Delegation to the First Latin American Congress on Women and Children in Chile in September 1959. She also headed the Cuban delegations to the Conferences on Women held in Mexico, Copenhagen, Nairobi and Beijing.
Espín was President of the Federation of Cuban Women from its foundation in 1960 until her death. The organization is a recognized non-government organization which claims a membership of more than three and a half million women. Espín was also a member of the Council of State of Cuba, as well as a member of the Central Committee and the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1980 to 1991.She died in La Habana at 4:14 p.m. EDT on June 18, 2007, following a long illness.
A mujahideen from the Ezb-e Islami group holds an AK-47 decorated with flowers. | Location: South of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. 1986.
"60 tons of pure democracy".
“To all the women who quietly made history.”
Masaken Hanano, -Aleppo #Syria 02/14/2014. Bombed by Assad’s brave Air Force.
A family reuniting after their home was hit with Assad’s barrel bombs. Her brother found her alive under the rubble, too young to speak; so she squeezed her brother tightly and closed her eyes knowing she is safe now. Half the family didn’t survive.
No words could ever amount to express these images.