In much of the developing world “women’s equality” and “empowerment” has gained needed attention. In Iceland, for example, it has now become illegal for women to be paid less than her male counterpart for the same role. Yet, many other nations have more steps to take towards this lofty goal.
Haitian women, who make up the majority of the population, continue to face obstacles towards equality. Just gathering water alone takes most women and young girl’s hours each day. The trade-off has major implications such as potential working or education opportunities. The barriers for women to achieve equal educational and earning potential, among other benefits, are real.
Despite the incessant obstacles, many Haitian women and girls continue to rise above the odds and realize their dreams.
One such example is Madame Liviose Victorin. This kind, easy-going young lady with was born in Gable in 1992 as the fourth child in a family of six. She is distinguished by her contagious smile and good nature, but despite her affable demeanor, she has not experienced a pampered childhood. With many mouths to feed, her family encountered several financial challenges. The challenges she endured did not stop her from working hard – rather they instilled a hunger for growth and personal achievement.
In 1998, she began her primary studies at the Pignon Conservatory. She continued her studies in 2004 at the National High School in Pignon. After high school, she went on to complete a technical degree in computerized accounting.
Upon completion of her studies, Livoise submitted her resume to Haiti Outreach’s office. She was invited to interview and was granted a three-month training program as a student animator (community leader) in the Community Development Department in January of 2019 (he had the year wrong – I checked payroll – she just started this year). Her work was so notable that in a short time she became an official animator in the field. Honored to have been promoted so quickly she stated, “My time at Haiti Outreach has shown me that I can go far.”
She doesn’t look down at her humble upbringing. Rather, she holds her head high because she knows she has worked hard to overcome many challenges. A strong and tenacious young lady, Victorin Liviose remains an example to many others in her community.