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Haiti - Politic : 7 women ministers, a first in Haiti
18/05/2012 09:17:50

Haiti - Politic : 7 women ministers, a first in Haiti
The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) welcomes the integration of 7 women to key portfolios in the new government. This is the first time that a ministerial cabinet in Haiti, is composed of 32% women and UN Women, would like to commend this powerful political act, that UN Women seen as a sign of the commitment of the Haitian State to promote de facto the equality between the sexes and work against all forms of discrimination against women.

7 women in government is the recognition by the acts, of what the citizens have been demanding for years: full equal participation in decision making. UN Women therefore take this opportunity, to wish that the new government also ensures the implementation of the quota rule at all levels of government, and encourages political parties to facilitate the participation of women in the strengthening of democracy and the rule of law in Haiti.

Moreover, women's participation is a first step towards the development and implementation of gender-sensitive policies, which should be reflected in the budget of the Republic. UN Women expresses the wish that the whole of government policy firmly committed the State to the inclusion of gender in all spheres of public life, particularly in health, education, justice, land use planning, security policy and all aspects that can guarantee full recognition of women's rights and their effective participation in national reconstruction and consolidation of a democratic society.

List of Women Ministers in the Government:
Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister for Human Right and the fight against extreme poverty - Marie Carmelle Rose Anne Auguste
Minister for the Status of Women and Women's Rights - Yanick Mézil
Minister of Finance and Economy - Marie Carmelle Jean Marie
Minister of Public Health and Population - Florence Duperval Guillaume
Minister of Tourism - Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin
Minister of the Planning and External Cooperation - Josépha Raymond Gauthier
Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of promoting the peasantry - Marie Mimose Félix

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