women and peace
"American occupation of Haiti has begun again, now that Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been neatly pushed out. Again, there are 3,000 foreign troops on Haitian soil. Again, the Haitian premier has been handpicked by outsiders. And again, the Haitian people have been excluded from their own governance..."
Also by Amy Wilentz:
who know Haitian history, this has been a time of eerie, unhappy déjà
vu. Part of the pain is to see the elected president coerced out of
office by heavy-handed pressure from the United States and France, accompanied
by a show of force and the threat of a blood bath. But to also hear
that he's been spirited off to a secret location is to be bluntly reminded
of the fate of the fabled leader of Haiti's revolution, former slave
and stable boy Toussaint L'Ouverture, who was entrapped by the French,
bound, and hustled away from Haiti on a ship, to die in solitary confinement
in a fortress prison in the Jura mountains in France..."
Statistics on Haiti · The richest 1% of the population controls
nearly half of all of Haiti’s wealth. · Haiti has long ranked as the
poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and is the fourth poorest
country in the world. · Haiti ranks 146 out of 173 on the Human Development
Index.* · Life expectancy is 52 years for women and 48 for men*. · Adult
literacy is about 50%.* · Unemployment is about 70%.* · 85% of Haitians
live on less than $1 US per day.* · Haiti ranks 38 out of 195 for under-five
mortality rate.* *Source: “Investigating the Effects of Withheld Humanitarian
Aid,” a report of the Haiti Reborn/Quixote Center.
Insurrection in the Making: A MADRE Backgrounder on the Crisis in Haiti
WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY RESOURCES: HAITI
A listing of women's
groups in Haiti is at the Peacewoman site:
The United Nation's UNIFEM website does not have updated information as of mid-April 2004, but there is much good background on the situation of women in Haiti:
the lowest on UNDP’s Gender Development Index (GDI) outside of Sub-Saharan
Africa and has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the hemisphere...