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Haiti: Help Women's Leadership Rise

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Women have not only been disproportionately affected by Haiti's 7.0 magnitude earthquake, but they hold the key to Haiti's future.

Too often, women are treated as merely victims in the immediate aftermath of disasters, and then ignored during the rebuilding process. The success of Haiti's recovery depends on the extent to which women are permitted to come together to imagine and rebuild their country. To show your support and solidarity with Haitian women, donate to one of these World Pulse recommended organizations who have projects specifically dedicated to supporting women's leadership:

1. Global Fund for Women has established a Crisis Fund for Haiti to directly support women's organizations, providing support to both emergency relief and long-term recovery work.

2. MADRE is coordinating an emergency medical response, while also supporting women human rights defenders in Haiti and helping amplify the voices of women impacted by the earthquake.

3. Circle of Health International is collecting donations and looking for skilled volunteers to support their women's health work in Haiti.

You can read more about how Haiti's resilient women leaders are responding to the devastation in Holding Up Haiti, a first-person account from World Pulse correspondent Anne-christine D’adesky, who is now in-country meeting with women's leadership organizations on the ground.


Marie Bonheur-Gulotta's picture

Women helping Women.

I would like to thank Great women like Anne-christine , Liliane- Pierre for their tirelessness efforts, remember Haitian women Holds Half the sky. lets work together.

Dear All,

Hello and immense thanks for all everyone is doing regarding Haiti, and everywhere else in the world!

I'm writing to alert you to a great opportunity, about which you can read below:

I am writing now with an URGENT call for help with writing a "Shadow Report" now being compiled by a growing collaboration among a number of women and organizations, among them MADRE, Equality Now, AMARC WIN, Lambi Fund, Poto Mitan: Rebuilding Haiti, and others.

The goal is to add a gender dimension to the PDNA draft (that is "Post-Disaster Needs Assessment"), which is to be presented at the international donors conference in New York on March 31.

Writers of some of the main sections of the PDNA (there are 8 in all) are still needed, as are reviewers (giving feedback and suggestions), and also translators. Ideally, the Shadow Report will be in English, French, and Creole.

There is a pressing need for writers in these areas:
- Accountability - Main writer
- Environment and disaster risk reduction - Main writer
- Governance - Need main writer who can take on what was started
- Infrastructure - Main writer
- Prodcutive sector - Main writer
- Social Sector - Need main writer who can take on what was started
- Grassroots sector - Main writer

If anyone is interested in helping, please contact Sophie Toupin or Anne-christine d'Adesky.

Immense thanks and hope to hear from you today (March 21) if possible, because this needs to be finished on or before March 25th. With all best wishes and appreciation, Janet (Feldman,,

Announcement of Forthcoming Gender Shadow Report

In recent weeks, Haitian government officials and global stakeholders representatives have worked to draft a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) to serve as a blueprint for Haiti’s reconstruction. Although the PDNA is comprised of eight themes: governance, productive sectors, social sectors, infrastructure sectors, territorial development, environment and disaster risk reduction, economic analysis and crosscutting sector (including gender, youth, culture, social protection, etc), only one theme (crosscutting sector) peripherally addresses gender.

Women’s full participation and leadership in all phases of the reconstruction of Haiti (as mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and other internationally recognized standards) requires that a gender perspective be integrated into ongoing discussions and planning. Furthermore, the majority of these women are members of grassroots communities whose voices and perspectives are equally critical to integrate into all all aspects of the new National Action Plan for Haiti.

Therefore, a broad coalition of women from diverse backgrounds working both on the ground in Haiti, in grassroots communities, and within the international arena has resolved to produce a Gender Shadow Report to be released prior to the Haiti Donors’ Conference to be held at United Nations Headquarters on March 31, 2010.

The Report will offer human-rights based policy guidelines to donors, international agencies and other stakeholders and promote the rights and leadership of Haitian women, who are key to rebuilding Haiti on a more sustainable, equitable and disaster-resilient foundation.

mitridiy's picture

Good lack to you

You got yourself a pretty damn good and suffusion peace of work up ahead of you down here o_O Good lack to you in achieving your noble goal...

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