Women's advance is not an option, it is essential: HaitiListen /
Women's advancement is not an option; it is essential, the delegate of Haiti Nicole Romulus told the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee during a discussion on the advancement of women.
She stressed that "gender equality is not something we can afford to postpone", adding that integrating women into decision-making is important for Haiti.
She said women comprised 52 per cent of the Haitian population, but their inadequate participation in decision-making was there for all to see and could not be denied. She pointed out that there were only 5 women of 99 elected parliamentarians, and 1 female senator in a total of 30 senators.
According to Ms. Romulus, those women were truly committed to political life and while the number of women holding high-ranking posts had increased, the percentage of women in peacekeeping was low.
As for rural women, she said 26 per cent of them led single-parent families, making them responsible for the household, the children and the elderly.
She explained that on 15 October, Haiti's First Lady noted the crucial role of rural women in poverty reduction, food security and environmental sustainability efforts, as well as in other aspects crucial for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
However, she concluded that Haiti had made significant progress promoting women's access to justice, education and health.