Stability of Haiti’s Reconstruction Hinges on Women

by Amanda Klasing
Published in: WeNews commentator
September 29, 2011
The needs of women and girls should be considered in every aspect of reconstruction and at each step, from design to implementation to monitoring. All data–on displaced persons, flood victims, political violence, cholera deaths, political participation–should show how women and girls are affected. Gender-specific benchmarks should be designed to show progress toward reducing inequalities. Most important, clear avenues should be designed for women’s participation.

In Haiti, women are called the “poto mitan,” the pillars of society. They are also the foundation. Reconstruction that ignores women will leave Haiti more unstable than ever.

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