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Haiti - Social : Message of reflection by Lesly Condé
08/03/2023 10:19:25

Haiti - Social : Message of reflection by Lesly Condé
This Tuesday, March 8, 2023, as part of International Women's Day, Lesly Condé Ex-Consul General of Haiti in Chicago (August 2004 - May 2018), delivered as every year a message of reflections that we invite you to read and share.

Message from Lesly Condé :

"Dear compatriots and friends everywhere,

It is a great privilege for me to be in your company again this year on the occasion of International Women's Day. It was in the year 1977 that the United Nations made the decision to dedicate March 8 of each year to women. International Women's Day therefore offers us the opportunity to appreciate all the women of the planet, and to speak of their unique contribution to the advancement of our species. Because of all the roles she has always played in the existence and survival of the human race at all stages of its evolution, woman deserves unreserved honor. She is simply an irreplaceable being. There is always strength in her delicacy.

Indeed, we often consider women as fragile beings, vulnerable both physically and psychologically. We are quite right to think that it absolutely must be protected by society. However, when we consider the attributions, duties and obligations that have only been hers since the dawn of time, we discover that there is an unusual fortitude in her that places her well above man. Even when she is the mother of mankind and the ultimate guarantor of its survival, she behaves with such stoicism and such detachment that she is seen as the weaker sex.

However, even in the most advanced societies, the situation of women still leaves much to be desired. The workplace is, for the most part, male-dominated, and sexual harassment is a reality she must be prepared to face in one form or another at some point in her career. Alongside all these pressures and all the frustrations they generate, there is also the fact that she is still expected to perform equal if not superior to that of the men. It seems to me that equal pay for equal work should be the norm in any industry.

Physical violence against women is a subject as sensitive as it is unpleasant. At this point, it's a hideous reality that shouldn't be taboo. There are many women who experience this kind of horror by remaining silent. They are therefore complicit in a dangerous situation that will only get worse. Moreover, this kind of violent behavior within a home should never serve as an example to children. The latter will grow and reproduce the reactions they have learned at home. By condemning and, if necessary, punishing those who are guilty of violence against women in the home, we will build better societies.

As for the Haitian woman, I am among those who think that she deserves very special consideration, very special respect. She represents in the eyes of all those who know her, an example of self-sufficiency. She is a caring mother, nurse, accountant, diplomat and much more. Our society has always relied on his resilience, courage, optimism and imagination. It was she who taught us not to be afraid to excel, to always aim high and never to let ourselves sink into discouragement.

In closing, I wish you all an excellent 'International Women's Day'. An environment where women flourish is an environment where life is good."

Reflection messages from Lesly Condé in 2023 :

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