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Media Opportunities

Hi ladies, Sorry to miss this week's phone conferences but I'm excited to contribute however I can. Just a couple of planning notes re: keeping Haitian women in the public eye and story ideas.

--National women's magazines like Oprah, Glamour Marie Claire, etc will put their Jan issues to bed sometime this October or thereabout. No doubt they'll want "Haiti, one year after" stories. Editors should have your pitches in the pipeline sometime in the summer. Just want you to keep that in mind. (and perhaps I can help you brainstorm the kinds of stories that each mag would want? I'm open, let me know)

--I want to pitch a couple of Haiti stories to Women's eNews (I'm attending their edit meeting tomorrow) and I hope you can forward me to sources re: the following:

1) Can we determine the the specific kinds of development policies that we need based on the sociodemographic profiles of both Haitian immigrant women and women living in Haiti? For instance, we know that most immigrant women work in healthcare: might that produce a policy that subsidizes nurses who want to return home to help? Or based on what experts know about Haitian women in agriculture and its impact on the community, what development policies should be pursued? With this article, I'm trying to get more specific than "Haitian women need to be included in the reconstruction." I want to explore how. Finding experts is always easy; finding the real-life examples can be challenging. Let me know if you can assist with sourcing?

2) Do you have concrete examples of women (or men with a gender lens) attempting to get in on the reconstruction process but being rebuffed?

Again, happy to be here. Looking forward to helping.




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Great Idea...

I used to be a freelance writer before I moved down to Haiti. I actually have a piece this month in Upscale magazine. I would love to pitch them a year end piece and wuld love to collaborate and develop this idea more. I also know lots of writers, etc...would be great to have a surge of articles about Haiti for the future because we are slipping away from the media. I can definitely write something and I can also find sources within the children, women, camps, orgs, etc...

2) Plenty examples for you on those who are being turned away or not having a place in the rebuilding process. I am open to facilitating sources and information..,lets do this!

KOFAVIV is a gret local org that works with women here. I think it would be interesting to get their perspective on the place women have in the rebuilding process.

Looking forward to developing this...


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alicebacker's picture

Hi Ladies

We surely missed you both on the weekly call today. I posted minutes though and hopefully you will take a look and join us next week. Régine, just a heads up that you can use skype to call us, even by buying cheap minutes from them. Not ideal but cheaper than a regular call.


alicebacker's picture

Media subgroup

Also, since you are both talking about pitching stories, it would be great to have you both on the media subgroup. Carla is already in but Régine since you are pitching stories, it would be great to have you on it as well, to the degree that you can make these calls. We had a meeting yesterday in which the pitching stories to American media part did not come up but since the skillset is clearly there in our membership, I will add it to the planning slides.


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Media opportunities

Hi Carla:

I will be traveling to Haiti and I will be bringing my professional cameras along with my journal. I am a freelance photographer. Black and White is my choice the fine art aspect of photography however, I can do color for the magazines.

I want to travel to some of the tent communities specifically, counseling to young girls who have been raped. I have foster care background and counseling. My interest is the Restavak children. Lets brainstorms some ideas.

Planning this trip is a daunting task I'm looking at traveling to Haiti end of May June if all possible. Not sure if I should alert the Haitian embassy to let them know that i"m coming. Its been 43 years since I've been home.

Hopefully, we can meet at the weekly conferences calls. Thanks!

Marie Flore.

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I'm here!

Hi guys,
Doing the regular shift and balancing thing that I know all of you are doing, too.

Regine and Marie, it looks like I'll be flying to Haiti on May 10. I'll confirm before the end of this week but I should be coming in with a delegation of docs from SUNY Downstate. That's all I know, that I have a ride and company.

Marie, 43 years since you've been home. My goodness. What a return it shall be for you. Looking forward to speaking more.

I'll email you both separately.



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