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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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We Will Carry You On

We Will Carry You On

The Women’s Movement

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Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter traces the history of women's movements in Haiti. It begins by telling the story of Magalie Marcelin, who began her activism as a teenager under Jean-Claude Duvalier and went on to launch the Women's House (Kay Fanm). Magalie played a major role in getting laws passed for women's equal rights in marriage and for the criminalization of rape and domestic violence. The chapter considers how advocacy for women's rights evolved in Haiti and links the birth of a contemporary women's movement to the political opening that accompanied Duvalier's ouster in 1986. It concludes with a statement made by Yolette Jeanty, who had replaced Magalie as director of the Women's House, on International Women's Day 2010: “Magalie is not here and she is here. We are her feet. We are her words. We are her heart. We are her path. Magalie, we will carry you on.”

Keywords:   women's movements, Haiti, Magalie Marcelin, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Women's House, women's rights, Yolette Jeanty, International Women's Day

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