Haiti - Social: March 8, 2012 «The Haitian state must support and strengthen the structures...»
The United Nations Development Programme (UNPD) and its partners today launched Thursday, March 8 a new initiative on the occasion of International Women's Day. This is the championship of young women entrepreneurs. This year's theme for International Women's Day selected by the UN in Haiti emphasizes on the potential of young women in the country. The contest targets women aged between 18 and 34 and who have some experience in the world of entrepreneurship and trade. To enter the contest, contestants must submit a project proposal for innovative entrepreneurship, realistic and which is part of strategies for sustainable development of their community. The competition covers a dozen neighborhoods in six major cities of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, Ouanaminthe, Port de Paix, Gonaives, St. Marc and Les Cayes. 39 winners will be honored after a joint decision made by a panel of of local authorities, of , UNDP and partners of this initiative and a representative of Haitian women entrepreneurs. The winners will receive financial support, training in project management and the accompaniment of a Haitian woman entrepreneur accomplished.
For the international organization Oxfam that is an opportunity to recall that "The Haitian state must support and strengthen community structures, institutional and legal to guarantee the enjoyment of women's rights in the country. The government must also encourage initiatives that target the leadership of women in political and economic areas in both rural and urban areas."
While UN Women recalls that "The Gender equality implies an equal participation and egalitarian, the same right to speak, exchange of ideas and decision making for men and women [...] In this sense, the quota mentioned in the proposed amendment of the Haitian Constitution is a fundamental tool to move towards more equality."
For its part, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the voice of Oliver Schulz, head of the mission recalls that "Every day, about 1,000 women die in childbirth or as a result of pregnancy-related complications [in the world - 523 per 100,000 in Haiti], it would be easy to avoid their death and that of newborns by supporting the training of specialized personnel and access to equipment as well as appropriate equipment." In Haiti has a mortality rate among the highest in America. With one public hospital by department, the access to obstetric care is extremely limited for Haitian women.
The Haitian Women's Solidarity (SOFA) and the union "Batay Ouvriye" organize a march in the streets of Port-au-Prince to denounce the multidimensional crisis that the country faces, these organizations want by this march restore the historical meaning of 8 March, demanding justice for the victims of the Duvalier regime, the departure of the Minustah and justice for women victims of violence.
The Protector of Citizens, Florence Élie, will deliver a speech at the Prison for Women in Petion-Ville on the occasion of International Women's Day.
Daniel Supplice, the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, wished a "Happy Birthday to all women."
Hébert Docteur, the Minister of Agriculture Natural Resources and Rural Development, for his part declared "I would like to wish a Happy Day to all women and especially to our peasants."
On the occasion of International woman’s Day, the Consulate General of Haiti in Atlanta presents its most cordial wishes to all the women over the world, especially those of Atlanta and other States of its jurisdiction. The Consulate remains convinced that the women of its jurisdiction play a crucial role in the life of their community by ensuring their daily life and greater comfort.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Consulate of Haiti in Atlanta by the voice of Consul General Gandy THOMAS presents "presents its most cordial wishes to all the women over the world, especially those of Atlanta and other States of its jurisdiction. The Consulate remains convinced that the women of its jurisdiction play a crucial role in the life of their community by ensuring their daily life and greater comfort."
On the occasion of the International Women's Day the Consulate of Haiti in Chicago wants "to salute all women and especially those of Haiti. We know how much all societies rely on women. We know the indispensable role women play in the very existence of our species. Today’s woman is acquiring the competence and self-confidence she needs in order to be self-reliant. We all stand to benefit from that. As for the haitian woman, she is seen, by all who know her, as a standard bearer for self-reliance. In the absence of real opportunity, she finds a way to cling to survival and raise her children. Tomorrow, she will contribute to real change for herself and for our nation."
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