Promoting Gender Equity with National Impact (Promoción Equidad de Género con Incidencia Nacional PEGIN)

Project completed

The PEGIN programme will strengthen the Federation of Cuban Women and other organizations that are influential in promoting gender equity in Cuba. PEGIN aims to contribute to the reduction of gender inequalities which risk being reinforced by the process of economic and social reform. PEGIN will facilitate the building of national advocacy platforms. These will have the capacity to coordinate sensitization projects for the population and political decision-makers alike, as well as to promote measures of affirmative action in support of gender equality.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Legal and judicial development
01.07.2012 - 31.03.2015
CHF  852’000

During the last 50 years, social integration of women has increased and gender inequality has decreased in Cuba. Gender disadvantages have not been fully overcome, however. Furthermore, with the reforms, there is a risk that they will increase since the system lacks specific mechanisms to enforce equality policies.


Contribute to policy and social policies in favor of gender equity.

Target groups

  • The Cuban population targeted by the national information campaigns. It is estimated that 50% of the total population of 11mil will be reached.
  • Key actors receiving capacity-building will include some 150 jurists, parliamentarians, journalists and public authorities; as well as 50 members of leading organizations.
  • The pilot project will directly benefit 100 women.
  • Medium-term outcomes

    A. Leading organizations supporting gender equity have increased their capacity for political incidence at national level, and they have political incidence in national processes. B. National and municipal authorities demonstrate interest in affirmative action as an instrument of public policy for promoting gender equity.


    Results from previous phases:  

    SDC established the bases to implement gender as a cross-cutting theme in its Strategy 2011-2014 for Cuba, by forming a network of gender focal points of its programmes and using various approaches such as pilot projects, independent budgets, and a multidisciplinary vision. SDC also established the basis for a collaborative relationship with the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC). Insights: Greater gender equity is served by linking practical needs (mainstreaming gender in the SDC programme) to strategy (political incidence programme).

    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    International or foreign NGO
    • Federación de Mujeres Cubanas (FMC), Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (CENESEX), Red Iberoamericana de Masculinidades (RIAM), Grupo de Reflexión y Solidaridad Oscar A. Romero (OAR), Proyecto Palomas (PP), Unión Nacional de Juristas de Cuba (UNJC).

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    852’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    886’541
    Project phases Phase 4 01.04.2015 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)

    Phase 3 01.07.2012 - 31.03.2015   (Completed)

    Phase 2 17.01.2011 - 31.12.2011   (Completed)