Here is Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité Bonheur, the spouse of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. The got married in 1800 and together they had seven children
This famous Haitian woman was born in the city of leogane and her family never knew slavery. Her Father was Guillaume Bonheur and mother, Marie-Élisabeth Sainte-Lobelot.
One great act she is known for was during the siege of the city of Jacmel in 1800. She took care of the wounded and starving soldiers and somehow managed to convince her husband Jean-Jacques Dessalines to allow those wounded in the city to get out in order to receive proper medical care. later on she went into the city with food and medicine.
Here is a picture of the Home of Marie-Claire Heureuse.
Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité Bonheur, the first Empress consort of the independent Haiti, was the daughter of two poor but free Haitians from Leogane. She was born sometime in 1758. After becoming widow of her first husband Pierre Lunic in 1795, she married Jean-Jacques Dessalines in 1800 and became the Empress consort of Haiti (1804-1806) as the spouse of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. In early 1804, when Jacques Dessalines (born 20 September 1758, died 17 October 1806) issued drastic order, the extermination of the entire White population of Haiti, Marie-Claire was adamantly opposed to this policy and she made no secret of the fact. From her earliest days, she had been a nurse and teacher by heart. She maintained her principles and values, relentlessly worked to alleviate the suffering of prisoners and wounded men irrespective of their colors and races. In 1843, she was granted a modest pension by the government, but it was not because she was a former imperial consort; it was offered because the government confiscated all of her husband's extensive properties leaving nothing to her. Marie died on 8 August 1858 (aged 99-100).
Here is a picture of the newly created civil prison for women in Cabaret.
As per the Institute for Criminal Policy Research and MINUSTAH December 2015 statistics, considering an estimated national population of 10.78 million at the end of 2015, Haiti's prison population rate per 100,000 of the national population is 102. Haiti has an official capacity of 2,431 inmates in its prison system of 17 prisons with an occupancy level of 454.4%. The prison population for the December 2015 shows a number of 11,046 detainees and of that percentage, the share of pre-trial detainees and female prisoners are 70.9% and 4.1% respectively. The new prison will replace an outdated Pétion-ville prison with 50 inmate capacity which currently houses 305 prisoners. Moreover, the new prison will protect the privacy of the women prisoners, which is a definite matter of concern. Over 25% of women are being held without legal cause, and many of them wait anywhere from three to seven years before even going to trial.
The first woman in Haitian history to become President, Ertha Pascal-Trouillot was born in August 1943. She became provisional President of Haiti in 1990 as she was chief justice at the time. She attended school at Lycée François Duvalier and was mentored by Ernst Trouillot who became her husband
Erta Pascal-Trouillot was a teenager when Duvalier took power and became the first woman justice of the Supreme Court of Haiti as a result of her excelling in school.
Pascal-Trouillot became interim president of Haiti, March 13, 1990; left office February 7, 1991, for duly elected president, Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
The Haitian entrepreneur Christine Souffrant and Vendedy Street vandor site
Christine Souffrant is a 25-year old Dubai-based entrepreneur and a graduate of Ivy League University. She could not forget her parents' struggle; they eke out a living as street vendors. Christine has founded 'Vendedy International' that would empower the street vendors globally with access to the digital market. During the 2010 earthquake, she was a college student. She saw her mother's most trading partners went missing or were presumed dead and her business collapsed. It was then she decided about building some 'apps' that would facilitate street vending business, digitally. After graduation, she found a job at Baker Hill Finance in New York. Thereafter, she moved to Dubai to study masters in international business and social entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School. It was there she launched her company for vendors online "Vendedy"-- global street markets in your pocket.
After months of fighting and negotiation between the executive and the legislative branch of government to establish a CEP to conduct the next election in Haiti, we can finally say that with the help and direction of some important forces, we are now able to hold the next election in Haiti.
the College Transitional of Permanent Electoral Council (CTCEP) responsible for organizing the next elections.
The new College Transitional of Permanent Electoral Council
(CTCEP) responsible for organizing the next elections in
2013 is as follows:
Representatives of the Executive: Mrs. Margareth Lamur Saint-Louis, Chantal Raymond and Emmanuel Ménard
Legislative Representatives: Marie Clunie Dumay Miracle, Pierre Simon Georges and Néhémie Joseph
Representatives of the judiciary: Léopold Belanger, Marie Carole Duclervil Floréal, Applys Félix
The CTCEP should be composed of 4 women (44%) and 5 men.
Here is a picture of former Minister Yves Rose Myrtil Morquette and Victor Benoit who just gave their resignations to The Government of Michel Martelly, Evans Paul.
The Minister for women and women's Rights in Haiti has resigned the government of Martelly-Paul, following verbal abuses by President Michel Martelly on a woman in Miraguane
Ms. Morquette's resignation letter followed that of the Minister of Social Affairs, Mr. Victor Benoit done on August 6, 2015. This decision was taken by the Political Party Fusion Social Democrats following the statement of President Martelly in a political gathering in Miraguane.
Three members of Haiti's coalition government, representatives from the Fusion of Social Democrats have resigned in protest of an inappropriate and ribald humor of the Head of State against a woman in Miragoâne, during a political rally on July 28. During the rally, the President told a woman to go in the bushes and have sex. The woman had accused Martelly's government of incompetence because they failed to bring electricity to her community. The resigned ministers are, Victor Benoit, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Yves Rose Morquette, Minister for the Status and Rights of Women, and Mozart Clerisson, Secretary of State for Literacy. The resignation letters of Yves Rose Morquette and Victor Benoit have been submitted to the Prime Minister; only the letter from the Secretary of State for Literacy is still waiting.
The leader of the Fusion Social Democrats took a stand on the behavior of President Michel Martelly on women
Martelly's Behavior Causes Officials to Resign
President Martelly's sexist bashing of a woman, who criticized his government, is raising hackles, particularly with Fusion Social Democrats. Leader Edmonde Beauzile says the secretary of state, minister of women's affairs, and another cabinet minister have resigned in protest.
Martelly, president since May 2011, remains unaffected. He currently rules by decree and cannot run for a second term. With the few remaining months left before he leaves, he acts with impunity, no matter how offensive.