Encouraging Women in Leadership in Haiti
For Women’s History Month we’ll be re-posting some of our favorite articles about the incredible work being accomplished by women partners and project participants. Join us in celebrating Haiti’s fanm djanm— strong women— this March!
The temperature inside the small church nestled in the lush mountains of Haiti’s Artibonite valley is sweltering, but despite the heat, 30 or so children and youth are gathered inside, clapping to the beat as Magdalene Ovilmar leads them in a warm-up activity. The young people range in age from 5 to 18, and at least half of them are girls.
They’re here as part of the MoTiLaM clubs (the acronym for Children’s Movement for a Better Life in Creole), environmental clubs led by MCC that dot the region around the town of Desarmes. In the past, leadership in the clubs, as elsewhere, has been largely male-dominated, but thanks to a concentrated effort from MCC staff, more and more young women like Ovilmar are taking up the role of leaders and educators in their communities.