Haiti - After the Quake depend on Women - Dominican Republic


After the quake depend on women MADRE, an international women's human rights group, is working with the Haitian relief organization, Zanmi Lasante, to bring humanitarian aid into the country overland from the Dominican Republic. http://www.madre.org/index.php?s=4&month=2010-01&news=267

JUAN GONZALEZ: Let me ask you about another sensitive issue, which is the question of the Dominican Republic. How has the Dominican government, which would be in the easiest position to provide some kind of assistance, since it has a large land border with Haiti—what has been the response of the Dominican government to try to assist Haitians?

DAHOUD ANDRE: We haven’t heard any. We’ve seen the charts on the internet, which government is giving what. We’ve seen nothing from the Dominican government. As you must know, that it’s a very contentious relationship between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And a lot of racism exists, a lot of discrimination towards Haitians, which many Dominicans consider black while they are not black. That’s what they believe, of course. We’re talking to Dahoud Andre, who is a community activist, Haitian community activist in Brooklyn, host of the radio broadcast Lakou/"Community" in New York. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/15/earthquake_survivors_dying_as_aid_struggles

Radio Lakou NewYork http://www.lakounewyork.com/pajangle.htm

Solange Pierre (born 1963), known as Sonia Pierre, is a human rights advocate in the Dominican Republic who works to end antihaitianismo, which is discrimination against individuals from Haiti or Dominicans of Haitian origin. Pierre was born in the Dominican Republic in 1963 to parents of Haitian descent. One of twelve children, she was raised in a migrant worker camp called a batey, where many of the Dominican Republic's 650,000 people of Haitian descent live. Her birth certificate lists her name as Solain Pie, which Pierre "says is the result of an error by a government clerk." At the age of 13, she organized a five-day protest by sugar cane workers on one of the country's bateyes, which lead to her being arrested. However, the protest attracted enough public attention that the worker's demand--namely, that to have their living quarters painted and be given better tools and pay raises--were met. Coordinadora General: Solange Pierre Dirección Postal: MUDHA Aptdo. Postal 136-B, República Dominicana, Dirección: Calle Pedro A. Lluberes No. 1, Gazcue, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, Telefono: (809) 688-7430 Fax: (809) 689-3532 Direccion de Email: mudha@hotmail.com http://www.kiskeya-alternative.org/mudha/

Fondation TOYA [TOYA Foundation], Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti Fondation TOYA works to raise the standard of living throughout the slum area of Cité Soleil through the empowerment of young women in the community. Members promote women’s entrepreneurship through a micro-finance structure that facilitates access to credit for women in the informal sector. By focusing on vulnerable young women who are unemployed and/or are heads of households, Toya is ensuring that more Haitian women will be financially independent, have access to healthcare and in control of their destinies.

Association Femmes Soleil D’Haiti [Sun Women’s Association of Haiti], Cap-Haitien, Haiti. AFASDA was formed after the three-year coup in Haiti (1991-1994), because as the group states, “after the bloody coup…it was repression. No one could move. It was said that women couldn’t remain with their arms crossed. It was necessary to do something. We began with a little seed of reflection and that’s what became AFASDA.” AFASDA advances women’s rights by organizing campaigns for potable water and creating educational opportunities for street children and rural women.

Organisation Femmes Victimes de Solino [Organization of Women Victims of Solino] (OFVS), Solino OFVS works with women of the Solino slum who have been victims of violence. Because of social unrest and the proliferation of armed gangs, many women are unable to earn a living.. The majority of the group’s members are single mothers, 90 percent of them affected by violence.. OFSV notes, “The majority of the women have lost all their business activities, and were forced to pay a ransom daily to the heads of gangs that took over the area so as not to be attacked again…the women have been victims of theft, burglary, and rape.” OFVS provides counseling to violence survivors, financial aid to restart businesses, and legal aid to seek redress for the crimes committed against them.

Kodinasyon Solidarité Fanm Djanm Sid, KOSOFADS [Dynamic Women of the South Solidarity Network] (KOSOFADS) Les Cayes, Haiti KOSOFADS promotes women's economic independence, access to health care, and the eradication of domestic violence. The association brings poor women together in workshops, during which participants are encouraged to discuss women’s rights violations and devise strategies to resolve the abuse. KOSOFADS also produces radio and television programs that focus on women’s rights issues.

Mouvman Peyizan Papay/Fanm MPP (Women of the Peasant Movement of Papay), Pètion Ville, Haiti Emerging from the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP), Fanm MPP was created in 1980 to "concentrate on understanding women's unique development needs, advancing women's rights and empowering women to participate in their own development." One of the groups current projects is "Engaging Women in Holistic Health and Environmental Protection" project where women are taught to install family and community composting latrines, family cisterns so families for clean water for household use as well as plant fruits and vegetables for their families.

Marie Agathe Jean Baptiste has worked on public health issues in her community using popular education and community organizing methods. A physician, Dr. Baptiste started the Integrated Health Program, a health clinic for rural communities, at the request of the Mouvman Peyizan Papay (Peasant Movement of Papay, MPP) a peasant popular education organization of which she has been a member since she was a teenager. The Integrated Health program, based on the models of popular education and community organizing, has been run by Baptiste for over two years, and has trained hundreds of female health promoters and traditional birth attendants as well as educated local rural communities through its innovative programming. http://www.nativeleaders.org/latincarr/baptiste.html