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There is still a lot to do
The teacher and journalist Isabel Moya, during a conference on women offered at the Pernik hotel, in the city of Holguín. Photo: Archive
I met her in Havana when I was studying Cuban Feminism with Professor Julio César González Pagés. Everyone was happy and with amazement they said: "Isabelita Moya is coming, she is super knowledgeable about gender". Hardly anything was known about gender, only linguistics: os, as. She arrived, as I always saw her, accompanied by her husband, and for those we did not know, it was disconcerting to find so much joy, so much humor and so much knowledge of history and current affairs in the same person.

Oratory, ability to research, knowledge and reproduction of ideas, not in a cold or photographic way but in an amusing grace, with wisely criollismo capable of "setting fire", or trying to understand multiple points of view flowed in the teacher Isabel. She gave us not only a masterly conference, ranging from the printing and anonymity, pseudonyms or challenges to the pure name of women in the world or in Cuba to the possible futuristic ways of seeing the man-woman relationship.

We met later in several scenarios: here in Holguín with the national gender workshops. There in Havana, polishing them. In Santiago and Camagüey. The last occasions were in his own editorial and in the International Institute of Journalism in Havana in a course on women in Social Network Systems, which his publishing house and the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) sponsored.

With Isabel nobody was bored. Hey, you go with the deodorant? And one of the students answered: " I do not go out to the street without deodorant ". The teacher discovered her double meaning when she riposted: "I used to say it for the rice cooker. In Havana they are called deodorants, because people always walk with them under their arms to fix them. "We all laughed and laughed at the title of one of her lectures:" What a seamstress, what about the sewing man?

Outstanding journalist, researcher and teacher, she died last Sunday, March 4 in Havana. Expired his last smiles and wise looks, the tireless director of the Editorial de la Mujer and the magazine Mujeres, of the Federation of Cuban Women. Associate Professor at the Faculty of Communication and member of the Academic Committee of the Gender Master's Program at the Women's Chair of the University of Havana, she overcame all kinds of obstacles from her early years.

She was a Doctor in Communication Sciences; she presided over Chair of Gender and Communication of the International Institute of Journalism José Martí and coordinated the International Diploma of Gender and Communication of that center. When her death occurred, she had the Prize for Dignity awarded by the Union of Journalists of Cuba (Upec) in 2016 and the José Martí National Prize for Journalism for the Work of Life in 2017.

Today, we who were her students, have a huge debt to approach their infinite task, for the benefit of all women, because her good on this earth was to transmit all what she knew. She gave us the ability to think, reflect and act with all the generosity of the world. We will have to keep working so that she looks at us and smiles, as she always did, and continues to tell us her order: "there is still a lot to do".

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