Nearly six months after the earthquake in Haiti, those of us involved in the UN humanitarian response are still struggling to provide those who have survived sexual violence with access to services they need–not an easy task, since there wasn’t much in the way of services for them to begin with. At the same time, […]
Today is Flag Day in Haiti. This symbol of Haitian freedom was sewn by Catherine Flon–I mentioned her in a previous post–on this date in 1803. Catherine created a symbol that represents the struggles for freedom in Haiti and the heroes and heroines who made it possible. The flag is blue and red, with the phrase […]
During National Health Week, we might take a few moments to think about health issues of women beyond U.S. borders–such as in Haiti, where I’m stationed with the U.N. humanitarian response. As residents of the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, women in Haiti have always struggled with health concerns, and those have only been […]
“The fact is, rape is under-reported everywhere; Haiti is no different, particularly given the devastation of basic social services. People always want to know the numbers, but any data would be incomplete. As I see it, even one rape is too many”
What better place to have spent International Women’s Day than in solidarity with Haitian feminists?
An event was organized by CONAP, the Haitian women’s umbrella organization, and the day was dedicated to promoting feminist values, reaffirming the struggle, strengthening solidarity and recapturing the momentum of the Haitian women’s movement.
Before the earthquake, Haiti’s women’s movement was vibrant and its momentum great. Now, feminist leaders have been lost, buildings have been decimated and everyone is trying to find ways to recapture what existed before.