Finding a gender balance in Haiti

Posted: 2008-12-01

When GWP-C and the NGO group Haiti Survie hosted the first IWRM workshop in September 2007, they were surprised to discover no women among its 30 participants.

In its presentations, a GWP-C Steering Committee member changed her presentation to highlight the Dublin Principle, “Women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water”. Participants responded with a request for a follow-up workshop for women on the same issues. In May 2008, GWP-C organised that followup workshop in Jean Rabel, Haiti. Over 60 people attended – 30 of whom were women – representing community leaders from both political and civil society. The aim was to work with the community to improve knowledge, discuss values, attitudes and commitment, and introduce the skills needed to protect and improve the environment. The resulting GWP-C Steering Committee consists of five men and four women and focuses on developing projects to coordinate reforestation and conservation efforts in the area.

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