Women working with women for equitable relief & sustainable recovery in haiti

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Gender and Disaster Network, Jan 15 2010, rev. Jan 18
GREETINGS FROM THE GENDER AND DISASTER NETWORK to our friends in GROOTS, MADRE and other women's networks: We want you to know we stand ready to support your local partners in Haiti to the extent possible. Knowing that communications are down and that both short-term and long-term needs are acute for girls and women in Haiti, how can we help? Money is one way and we encourage our members to donate as possible through your networks. What else can our members offer the women's groups on the ground now? How can we help in future? In solidarity and for the GDN, Elaine Enarson

Contact persons:

Lourdes Meyreles, Santo Domingo, FLACSO: lourdesmeyreles@yahoo.com
Elaine Enarson, Denver: enarsone@gmail.com
Kris Peterson, New Orleans: krajeskipeterson@msn.com

This short note was forwarded Jan 15th on behalf of the GDN to Madre, Groots, and the women’s groups below with email addresses. Please see additional women’s organizations active in Haiti on the next page.

Women's groups in the region previously active around disaster resilience:

MADRE [http://www.madre.org/index.php?s=4&news=2]

GROOTS/Disaster Watch: http://www.disasterwatch.net/index.html

Women's groups in Haiti with emails (thanks to Maja Herstad, Gender adviser, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) maja.herstad@msbmyndigheten.se)

ENFOFANM, Organisation de Défense de Droits des Femmes, E-mail: enfofanm@direcway.com. ENFOFANM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to defend the rights of Haitian women and to promote Haitian women as actresses in the process of national development. It works in four areas: documentation and archives, communications, capacity building and women’s rights and advocacy. 
FANMYOLA, Collectif Féminin Haïtien pour la Pariticipation Politique des Femmes, E-mail: fanmyola@yahoo.fr; malizoue@yahoo.fr. FANMYOLA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote women’s participation in the Haitian political process. 
MOUFHED, Mouvement des Femmes Haïtiennes pour l’Education et le Développement, www.moufhed.org and moufhed@yahoo.fr. MOUFHED is a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of the fundamental rights of women and the family; it is especially involved in women’s legal issues, including legal advice and counselling and training.  
RÉSEAU NATIONAL DE DÉFENSE DES DROITS HUMAINS - RNDDH, www.rnddh.org and lgilles@rnddh.org. Formerly the National Coalition of Haitian Refugees, this organization is a watchdog and advocacy group for human rights in Haiti and documents and report incidents of various abuse, including those including and affecting women.

FEMMES EN DEMOCRATIE, E-mail: dsaintlot@yahoo.com; Femmes en Démocratie was formed in March 2000, as a non-profit organization inspired by the international movement to support women to their fullest potential in the judicial, social, political and economic domains. Its primary objectives are to promote the emergence of a feminine Haitian leadership; support women to participate in the highest levels of decision-making; communicate and support th exchange of experiences and best practices, and constitute a feminine lobby to national and international decision-makers. 

FONDS KORE FANM sabine.manigat@cgf.ht This is the Local Management Office for Canadian Cooperation in Haiti exclusively concerned with women’s issues and development; it currently has a budget of CDN$4 million for support to women’s issues and groups.

GROOTS [Grassroots Organizations Organizing Together in Sisterhood] recommends these partners in Haiti:

AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE, Earthquake Relief Fund:ONLINE: www.ajws.org/haiti
TELEPHONE: 212.792.2900; Or send a check (indicating "Haiti Relief" in the memo line) to:

American Jewish World Service, 45 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018

FONKOZE - A national Haitian led micro credit and savings institution of the organized poor (90% of the savers and borrowers are Haiti's market women) that contributes to emergency response and long term development in Haiti. "Women are the backbone of the Haitian economy and the doorway into the family unit," Haitian Catholic Priest, Founder. http://www.fonkoze.org/
Read more about how GROOTS is responding and their Principles of Engagement
The Huairou Commission and GROOTS International are calling on humanitarian aid agencies, NGOs, development agencies and bilaterals to adhere to:

  • Protecting women from all forms of violence (sexual, physical etc)

  • Administering resources in a manner that ensure funds are available to sustain women's participation in relief, recovery and reconstruction

  • Financing technical assistance and capacity building support that enables affected women to learn from women leaders in disaster devastated areas to organize themselves to collectively take leadership in relief, recovery

Consider working through these additional established women’s groups in Haiti with thanks to INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence & Women's Health & Justice Initiative (WHJI), New Orleans. Contact the Global Fund for Women for more information and contact information for the groups: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/cms/

FONDATION TOYA [TOYA Foundation], Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Fondation TOYA works to raise the standard of living throughout the slum area of Cité Soleil through the empowerment of young women in the community. Members promote women’s entrepreneurship through a micro-finance structure that facilitates access to credit for women in the informal sector. By focusing on vulnerable young women who are unemployed and/or are heads of households,  TOYA is ensuring that more Haitian women will be financially independent, have access to healthcare and in control of their destinies.
ASSOCIATION FEMMES SOLEIL D’HAITI [Sun Women’s Association of Haiti], Cap-Haitien, Haiti: AFASDA was formed after the three-year coup in Haiti (1991-1994), because as the group states, “after the bloody coup…it was repression. No one could move. It was said that women couldn’t remain with their arms crossed. It was necessary to do something. We began with a little seed of reflection and that’s what became AFASDA.” AFASDA advances women’s rights by organizing campaigns for potable water and creating educational opportunities for street children and rural women.
ORGANISATION FEMMES VICTIMES DE SOLINO [Organization of Women Victims of Solino] (OFVS), Solino: OFVS works with women of the Solino slum who have been victims of violence. Because of social unrest and the proliferation of armed gangs, many women are unable to earn a living.. The majority of the group’s members are single mothers, 90 percent of them affected by violence. OFSV notes, “The majority of the women have lost all their business activities, and were forced to pay a ransom daily to the heads of gangs that took over the area so as not to be attacked again…the women have been victims of theft, burglary, and rape.”  OFVS provides counseling to violence survivors, financial aid to restart businesses, and legal aid to seek redress for the crimes committed against them.
KODINASYON SOLIDARITÉ FANM DJANM SID, KOSOFADS [Dynamic Women of the South Solidarity Network] (KOSOFADS) Les Cayes, Haiti: KOSOFADS promotes women's economic independence, access to health care, and the eradication of domestic violence. The association brings poor women together in workshops, during which participants are encouraged to discuss women’s rights violations and devise strategies to resolve the abuse.  KOSOFADS also produces radio and television programs that focus on women’s rights issues.
MOUVMAN PEYIZAN PAPAY/FANM MPP (Women of the Peasant Movement of Papay), Pètion Ville, Haiti: Emerging from the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP), Fanm MPP was created in 1980 to  "concentrate on understanding women's unique development needs, advancing women's rights and empowering women to participate in their own development." One of the group’s current projects is  "Engaging Women in Holistic Health and Environmental Protection" project where women are taught to install family and community composting latrines, family cisterns so families for clean water for household use as well as plant fruits and vegetables for their families.

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