Face à l’Opinion: Magalie Marcelin and Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue on Violence Against Women, 19 Nov. 1997

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Feminist leaders Magalie Marcelin (the founder of the women’s rights organization and women’s shelter, Kay Fanm, who died in the January 12, 2010 earthquake) and Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue (former Minister of Women’s Affairs and former Minister of Culture and Communications) speak about violence against women. The speakers explain that violence against women goes beyond rape and physical violence: it is systematic, and has to do with how men are socialized, with power relations, and the structure of the justice system in Haiti. They discuss efforts to reform the justice system to hold perpetrators accountable and to encourage long-silenced women to speak up about gender-based violence. Interview Jean Dominique.

“Yes, it’s a question of power. When we say it’s a question of power, that means who has the power to make decisions, who has the power to exercise their will as they please, who has the power to make others respect their authority.” – Magalie Marcelin

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“There is a banalization, and that banalization is not at all banal, Jean. The sense in which it is not banal is that it is a tool that is in place to maintain the status quo.” – Magalie Marcelin

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“When we speak of violence against women, and the court system against violence against women, that’s a court that exists to save women, and to save men, too, in that sense that they will become more human.” – Magalie Marcelin

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