Haitian Women

Told through the lives of five compelling Haitian women, documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy, offers an insider's perspective on globalization, Haiti's current crisis, and the resilient women challenging the system. These five brave women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country like Haiti, collective action makes change possible.

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Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy trailer by Renée Bergan and Mark Schuller.
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Marie Jeanne talks about the daily struggle of being a woman and a worker: She toils under miserable conditions to give her children the education she was denied because of gender discrimination.

Living and braving death in Cité Soleil, Solange talks about Haiti's current outburst of violence and how it stems from a long‐brewing economic crisis. She also discusses the role the global apparel industry has on the instability in Haiti.

Frustrated with male‐dominated unions, Frisline offers a Marxist‐feminist analysis of Haiti's contemporary situation.

Having worked for thirty years, Thérèse brings wisdom, a historical perspective, and a comparative analysis.

Pushed off her land by foreign agricultural policies, activist Hélène leads a new grassroots campaign against violence, encouraging women to defend themselves.

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haiti, women, labor, globalization


This is a really well done film and the women interviewed are incredible. They illuminate globalization with an understanding that is lacking in our most distinguished economic world leaders. You can hear the frustration in their voices. When globalization seems so big, how do can people like the women in this video or myself create change?

Orlonda Uffre
Orlonda Uffre
United States

I honor you for your courage, endurance and strength. I know you have no choice but to persevere because it is your life. I hope that with exposure there will be a heightened awareness that will ensure a better life for your daughters.
We need Poto Mitan.

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