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The First Lady Martine Moïse commemorates the International Day of Rural Women in the Northwest.

Under the direction of the Ministry for Women (MCFDF) a commemoration ceremony for the International Day of Rural Women took place, this Tuesday, October 20,2020, in Bion, 1 st Communal section of the town of Chansolme, in the North West department with the participation of the First Lady, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Environment, the Minister for women, International organizations and women farmers in the area.

The International Rural Women’s Day, celebrated this year under the theme ‘’ Sustainable infrastructure, access to public services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls’’ and the national theme: “Fanm peyizan, se poto mitan peyi Dayiti’’ aims to recognize the important role of rural women in agricultural and rural development for the improvement of food security and the elimination of poverty.

Native to the North-West, who draws her origins in the rural environment, the First Lady, Martine Moïse, explained that she had several strong women from the rural area as role models, and they contributed a lot to make her who she is today. She had the chance to meet rural women, throughout her life, who are symbols of the driving force behind the development of their communities and their country.

Her personal experience in the community allowed her to see that despite the challenges due to the lack of economic and educational resources, Haitian women in rural areas have long provided their significant contribution to the national economy due to their involvement and their work in the agricultural sector.

To encourage rural women in the North West, Mrs. Moïse said: “North West women, today I want you to be united. I want you to focus on agriculture and food production in order to fight hunger. That will help you change your life. Let’s put our strength together to boost the economy, and I want you to NEVER forget that you are the driving force behind the country’s development.”