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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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The Central Pillar

The Central Pillar

Peasant Women

(p.184) 23 The Central Pillar
Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines what Haiti's peasant women are doing to guarantee their political and economic rights in the post-earthquake period. It discusses the work of three peasant leaders and their organizations: Gerta Louisama, who sits on the Executive Committee and the Women's Commission of Heads Together Haitian Peasants; Iderle Brénus Gerbier, a member of the Haitian National Network for Food Sovereignty and Security and an adviser to the National Coalition of Peasant Women; and Yvette Michaud, cofounder of the National Coalition of Peasant Women. It considers the platform of the Women's Commission, such as petitioning the government to do a thorough agrarian reform. Gerbier works with many peasant organizations to support women's rights and food sovereignty. The National Coalition of Peasant Women, founded in 2008, is the first effort to unite the voices and interests of peasant women at the national level.

Keywords:   peasant women, Haiti, Gerta Louisama, Heads Together Haitian Peasants, Iderle Brénus Gerbier, Haitian National Network for Food Sovereignty and Security, Yvette Michaud, National Coalition of Peasant Women, peasants

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