In the Media - Articles of Interest

A Voice in Haiti's Chorus. Author Edwidge Danticat on the glory of nonfiction, the Kindle generation, and Haiti’s long road to recovery.
By Elizabeth Gettelman
Published May/June 2010, Mother Jones

The author of eight books, mostly fiction about her native Haiti, Edwidge Danticat has long been a powerful literary voice bridging her two countries. In her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, readers learn of her childhood in Port-au-Prince before she moved to New York City when she was 12. And it was through her books like The Farming of Bones and Dew Breaker that she detailed the sights and smells of the atrocities that seem to constantly befall a country only 90 miles from American shores. Danticat, who lost a cousin in the January earthquake, visited survivors of the disaster soon after, and was heartened to find people giving voice to their own experience. 'No one can speak for 10 million people,' she says." Read more »

The Business of Disaster: Where's the Haiti-Bound Money Going?
By Beverly Bell
Published 4/08/2010, World Pulse

"In an informal survey of citizens’ views of the international communities’ plans for their nation, taken over the past two months in urban and rural Haiti, not one expressed ‘hope’ or a similar perspective for the plans of the foreign powers. Their experience of ‘nation-building’ under foreign powers has not been positive, either in process or in result." Read more »
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HAITI: Women demand role in reconstruction
Published 4/01/2010, IRIN Global
"Women's civil society groups were noticeable by their absence from the landmark Haiti donor conference on 31 March, which secured pledges of US$5.3 billion over the next two years to support the country’s post-quake recovery. " Read more »

Haitian Women: Enter At Center Stage
By Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Equality Now
Published 3/31/2010, Huffington Post

"This week, the fate of Haiti may again be not in the hands of the Haitian women and men, but in those of the United Nations, the US government and other international donors flocking to New York on March 31 to discuss the economic and political future of the so-named "Pearl of the Antilles." But will a fair representation of the Haitian people be at the negotiating table? Will the interests of Haitian women, whose lives are too often irrevocably impaired by the untold level of violence and discrimination they face in their homes and in their communities be prioritized?" Read more »

Sexual violence in Haitian camps of the displaced, beyond the numbers
By Chiara Liguori
Published 3/22/2010, Amnesty International

"Since the first days of the earthquake, many humanitarian and human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have issued warnings about the increased risk of gender based and sexual violence." Read more »

Heed their voices, let them lead
By Marleine Bastien, Fanm Ayisyen Miyami, Inc. (FANM)
Published 3/11/2010, Miami Herald

"Women are the backbone of Haiti's economy, yet, they are not represented in the nation's decision-making process. By historically keeping women out of the political leadership, Haiti squandered its chances of developing a viable, sustainable and thriving nation. Haitian women make up over half the population. Their representation in the Cabinet and chambers should be proportional to their true numbers for their voices to be heard." Read more »

Holding Up Haiti: Women Respond to Nightmare Earthquake
By Anne-christine D’adesky
Published 1/27/10, World Pulse

"What about how the earthquake affected ordinary women? In Haiti, there's a Kreyol word used for the central, fundamental role of women: Poto-Mitan, from the French word Poteau, as in 'the solid beam that holds up the house.' Haitian women are regarded as the brick and the engine of society—the mothers, the caregivers, the money-makers, and market-vendors, the ones who work tirelessly to care for their children and husbands and parents." Read more »