MADRE's Executive Director Yifat Susskind Blogs about her Trip to Haiti
Posted on: Thursday, February 3, 2011
MADRE's Executive Director Yifat Susskind is keeping us informed about her first work trip to Haiti through the myMADRE Blog. She updates us on the current atmosphere in Port-au-Prince, and shares her experiences visiting with MADRE's sister organization KOFAVIV, meeting with women in the Champs de Mars displacement camp and inaugurating the newly built KOFAVIV Women's Center.
"This trip has special meaning for me. I became the Executive Director of MADRE just a few weeks ago, and this is my first chance to visit one of our sister organizations in this new role."
"Today at the KOFAVIV Women’s Center that we’ve co-founded with our partners, I played with a three-year-old rape survivor. She smiled at me a few times, but her mother looked like she might never smile again."
"The women said they knew about the election, but had not been able to vote. Back in November, they also had more immediate concerns: they were too afraid to leave their children alone in the camp because the threat of rape is so grave."
"A long-time Haitian human rights activist we meet with echoes these thoughts. "If you look at the situation here over the last 30 years, there’s a parallel. Port-au-Prince could become Cairo."
"Because when I tell women in these countries about your stories and when they see what the women of Haiti are able to do, they say, “If they can be strong, we can be strong.”"