International Women’s Day is a time to honor the pillars of Haiti society and economy. Celebrating the achievements of women is important in advancing development around the globe. While we can and should celebrate women, we must also speak out against the injustices women face, particularly in developing nations, and be a force for change and advancement.
In Haiti, women are often unable to rent or buy land on their own without difficulty, they are less likely to complete their education, and they make less than 1/2 of what men do (yet make up 80% of the workforce). Small steps are being made in the advancement of women in developing nations, but there is still much to be done.
We are all here because of the women who bore us, and certainly each of us has had a special woman who has made an impact on our life. This year, in honor of #IWD2021, we asked people in our community to tell us about a woman who has influenced their life in a profound way. We hope you’ll enjoy the stories that have been shared as much as we do and that they make you feel closer to those sharing them.
We will continue sharing these stories throughout the month of March to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. We’ll update here as well as on social media – we hope you’ll continue following along.