The Gender Department of the University of La Havana (Catedra de la Mujer) organized the VIII International Conference "Women in the XXI Century" in La Habana between from May 16-19, 2011. The official opening took place on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 pm in the Aula Magna de la Universidad de la Habana; the work program took place in the Hotel Nacional.

One hundred and fifty women from 10 different countries attended the conference which covered 14 different themes.  Some of the topics included were: Gender and Communication; Gender and Development; Gender and Arts and Literature; Gender and Education; Gender and Violence; Gender and Family; and Gender and Power.

The League of Women Voters was invited to the conference and was represented by Deputy Executive Director, Zaida Arguedas, who presented a paper on "Sharing Experiences to Secure Advances."