Yolanda Ferrer (María Yolanda Ferrer Gómez) (1946– ) is general secretary of the Federation of Cuban Women. She is a member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba. Born in 1946, Ferrer grew up in Havana. Her...
Yolanda Ferrer (María Yolanda Ferrer Gómez) (1946– ) is general secretary of the Federation of Cuban Women. She is a member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba.
Born in 1946, Ferrer grew up in Havana. Her mother, Amparo, was an office worker. Her father, Roberto, had a small moving company.
An exemplary student at La Víbora high school, Ferrer was nominated for and became a member of the Union of Young Communists in 1962. She served as UJC general secretary at the school the following year. She graduated from the University of Havana in 1973 with a degree in political science.
In 1960, at age fourteen, Ferrer joined the Federation of Cuban Women, working first as a volunteer and later holding full-time responsibilities. She was a founding member of the revolutionary militias. During the 1961 national literacy campaign, she taught seven fishermen how to read and write.
Ferrer was a member of the FMC’s International Relations Committee until 1972. She was elected to the National Secretariat in 1973 and since then has held various federation responsibilities, including assistant to the president, Vilma Espín; secretary for political education; and secretary for political orientation. At the FMC’s fifth congress in 1990, Ferrer was elected FMC general secretary, and she has been reelected to that responsibility at its subsequent three congresses. Following Espín’s death, at the FMC congress in 2009 the office of general secretary became the federation’s highest leadership position.
Ferrer has been a member of the Communist Party since 1976 and of its Central Committee since 1980. From 1986 to 1991, she was an alternate member of the party’s Political Bureau. She has served as a deputy to the National Assembly of People’s Power since 1986, and in 2008 was elected by the assembly to the Council of State, Cuba’s highest government body.
From 1997 to 2004, Ferrer was a member of the United Nations committee of experts charged with monitoring progress toward achieving the goals of the UN’s 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Since 1992 she has been president of the Cuba Vietnam Friendship Association. She received the Order of Ana Betancourt awarded by the Council of State in 1985. Ferrer is married and has two children.