11 Haitian Women to Celebrate During Hispanic Heritage Month

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In “Herstory” (Remezcla) France François writes about eleven Haitian women to celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month—a great reminder! Read the full article at Remezcla to read about Adbaraya Toya (or Victoria Montou, originally from Dahomey), Cécile Fatiman, Suzanne Sanité Belair, Alice Garoute, Yvonne Hakim-Rimpel, Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Catherine Flon, Edwidge Danticat, Marleine Bastien, and the women protestors involved in the PetroCaribe Challenge.

Without the Haitian Revolution, there would be no Latin America today. Although Haiti was central to the creation of Latin American states, the fight for abolition of slavery and regional liberty from colonial oppression, few of those who consider themselves Latinx today know the role Haiti played in helping them overthrow the chains of Spanish oppression.

Haitians liberated Dominicans from slavery in 1801 and again in 1822 to unite the island and form the only free Black republic and a haven for runaways from across the region, despite the constant threats in a sea of slave-owning nations. Haiti supplied Santo Domingo with troops and weapons to win their independence from Spain in 1865 after they were re-colonized once again. Haitians provided Simón Bolívar with weapons, military strategists and veterans from Haiti’s revolution as well as a safe haven, with the promise that Bolívar would free the enslaved Africans of South America once the nations were liberated – a promise he broke.

Haitian women have also been instrumental in shaping women’s rights movements around the region as well as on the frontlines of our struggle for equal rights and liberation, both literally and figuratively. By acknowledging the role of Haitian women today, we hope to acknowledge the role that all Black women continue to play in our collective liberation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

For full article, see https://remezcla.com/lists/culture/herstory-haitian-women-to-celebrate/

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