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Haiti - Constitution : «This is a victory for the women»
10/05/2011 10:40:37

Haiti - Constitution : «This is a victory for the women»
The principle of the minimum quota of 30% of women's participation in national life was voted in the amendment of the Constitution of 1987.

Article 16.1 is replaced by article 17.1 which is read as follows:
"The principle of the quota of at least thirty percent (30%) of women is recognized at all levels of national life, particularly in public services"

"This is a victory for the women" has declared Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, Minister of Culture and Communication [former Minister of the Status of Women and Women's Rights], who was present to the Parliament during the session of amendment [...] The thing to understand is that in nominative positions, there is a majority of men, which does not reflect social reality. The social reality is that many women educates children in single parent families, they are numerous to take their responsibility, and are not very present in government or public administration."

Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue expressed her satisfaction with the vote "which will enable the majority of the population to enjoy their political rights..." while calling women to remain mobilized and vigilant in order that the principle of 30% quota of women in public affairs is respected.

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