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Haitian Women: After the Earthquake

January 20, 2010

Haiti's Women in the Aftermath of Disaster By Taina Bien-Aimé "For many of us born of Haitian parents, tales of the westernmost portion of Hispaniola filled our childhood, depicting contrasts of beauty and struggle. While they bemoaned Haiti's tumultuous history as karmic payment for having dared to become the first black independent nation of the New World, in the same breath they sang its praises as the 'pearl' of the Caribbean in their time, dominating in art and bearing natural genius for biting wit and poetry. I developed my own sense of Haiti as a land where entrenched patriarchy reigns and justice is scarce, but is nevertheless inescapably sustained by its women, pillars unrivaled in strength and grit, despite pervasive violence in their homes and on the streets. Who would ensure their protection in the aftermath of disaster?" Click here to read the full article at Huffington Post. Taina Bien-Aimé is a Progressive Women's Voices alum, and the executive director of Equality Now, an international human rights organization. Update: CNN's Jessica Ravitz reports the devastating loss of three leaders in the Haitian women's movement.