I recently returned form a trip to Cuba (don't worry, U.S. State Department, I went legally). While it is still a very poor country and lacks many modern conveniences and some basic infrastructure, I was impressed by the fact that they seem to have totally eliminated the most desperate level of poverty. Everyone is poor there, but not the sad, despairing type of poor. The population has been lifted as a whole just ever so slightly to a level where their minimal basic needs are met. There is also relatively little violent crime in Cuba. They have done this through a focus on providing access to education and healthcare to everyone. Some of the revolutionary propaganda you see around Cuba declares equality for women or gender equality. Women have access to education and healthcare in Cuba while many women in countries with comparable GDP completely lack access these basic resources. Better education and healthcare in some of these countries plagued by violence would be a huge step in the right direction. Hey, let's start here in the United States and set the example. We have too much violence and too little access to quality education and healthcare ourselves.