International Women's day: Honouring the resilience of Haitian women
International Women's Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women . In most developing countries, women produce the bulk of the world’s food crops. Yet women face greater constraints than men, and lack the means, the services and the opportunities to increase their yields and their earnings. This year, the UN theme for the day is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.”
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, time and again we witnessed how the women of Haiti took things in hand and provided the necessary for their families, friends and their community.
Marie Flore Monval Bourgin, is one of the extraordinary women working for the IFAD-funded Productive Initiatives Support Programme in Rural Areas project in Haiti.
In an interview, she talked about the role of women in Port-au-Prince and in rural areas in the aftermath of disasters. She also shared how she was impacted by the earthquake and gave us a first hand account of food security challenges as a result of migration to rural areas and shares some lessons with the women of Chile.
This year, the Rome-based United Nations agencies - the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) - used the occasion of the International Women's Day to commemorate three prominent leaders of Haiti’s nascent women’s movement - Anne Marie Coriolan, and Myriam Merlet and Magalie Marcelin - who lost their lives during the 12 January earthquake.