Face à l’Opinion: Danielle Magloire and Myriam Merlet on Women’s Rights, Ten Years After April 3, 1986

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Download: Face à l’Opinion: Danielle Magloire ak Myriam Merlet sou Dwa Fanm, 10 an aprè 3 Avril 1986 (1)

Face à l’Opinion: Danielle Magloire ak Myriam Merlet sou Dwa Fanm, 10 an aprè 3 Avril 1986 (2)

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On April 3, 1986, the women of Port-au-Prince took to the streets to celebrate the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship, hoping for a change in women’s economic, social, and political status and a new era in women’s rights. On the tenth anniversary of this event, Radio Haiti speaks with women’s activists Myriam Merlet (the former chief of staff of the Ministry of Women’s affairs and the founder of ENFOFANM, who died in the January 12, 2010 earthquake) and Danielle Magloire (of CONAP and ENFOFANM). They discuss what April 3 represents, women’s representation in government and in the economic sector, the role of NGOs in women’s issues, and the role of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Rights (Ministère à la Condition Féminine et aux Droits des Femmes). Interview J.J. Dominique.

“There is one thing that’s clear now, which is that, definitively, all these groups have come together to say: we’re not playing around anymore. We need to be present on Haiti’s public scene, we will be present, and in order to be truly, truly present, we will certainly need to have a more structured and stronger form of coordination.” – Myriam Merlet

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