Empowering Women Leaders in Haiti

By Lauren Anderson, Monday October 28, 2019

Thanks to your support, Impact Haiti has persevered this year despite some very difficult circumstances. Haiti has experienced roadblocks, protests and school shutdowns over the last few months. On top of these current challenges, Enel, the Program Leader in Haiti, shared that many Haitian leaders still do not accept the Convention on the Rights of the Child and actively impede women from becoming leaders.

However, there has been some real progress in promoting the rights of women and children. Impact Haiti has been able to continue partnering effectively with three local Haitian seminaries to complete a course called, “The integral mission of the Church in participatory leadership.” 131 students (26 women and 105 men) completed this course that focuses on:

  • Protection and child development
  • Children’s rights 
  • Gender equity
  • Environmental protection 
  • Servant Leadership

These are the same seminaries that until recently never even allowed women to be students. These 131 students make up a key part of the next generation of leadership in Haitian churches and communities, and each one of them has a heart and a passion to see their country be a place of dignity, justice, peace and hope for all.