Inspiring work by grassroots organizations and the wonderful people (local and otherwise) who do the work, who make it happen, who “advance the health, safety, and well being of women… WE ADVANCE models an inclusive grassroots approach with a movement that collaborates with both other organizations and women from every socio-economic class. WE ADVANCE is a rights- and community-based participatory program. We empower women’s minds, bodies and spirits and enable them to discover their own needs and priorities, benefiting the entire community. WE ADVANCE brings in volunteer experts to train local community leaders in the aspects of health, safety and education. WE ADVANCE’s goal is to, in the near future, leave our programs in the hands of Haitian women, the women who know best what they need and how to make it a reality.”


The news piece at the link below by actress and activist Maria Bello (from about one year ago) arguably highlights some of the important differences between certain kinds of institutionalized, elite human rights work/advocacy and organizations, on the one hand, and local, grassroots (oriented) individuals and organizations, on the other hand.

How to ADVANCE Our Money in Haiti

And some additional important and relevant words by Bello (from about one year later):

Two Years Later — Reimagining Haiti

see also Femmes en Democratie

2 thoughts on “WE ADVANCE in Haiti

  1. i have extended family doing evangelical/’christian patriarchy movement’ outreach in haiti. i cringe every time i think of it. (and feel slightly guilty, tho i suppose i shouldn’t.) glad to read about forces countering their influence!

  2. Maria Bello speaks truths profoundly important both to the specific areas she addresses such as Haiti as well as many, many other particular areas and gender/women’s issues generally. This CNN Early Start video clip is only 2 minutes and 53 seconds long. Really worth watching. Please check it out.

    Unfortunately I missed this piece from March 1, 2012 but fortunately found it (and more) while catching up by checking the News section of the We Advance (in Haiti) website here:

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