We were recently introduced to Anne-christine d’Adesky who tells us that her project PotoFanm+Fi brings urgent attention – and action – to the needs and voices of Haiti’s girls.
PotoFi is focused on helping Haitian girl survivors of sexual violence access timely, holistic services. PotoFi is a project of PotoFanm+Fi (‘Women and Girls Pillar’ in Kreyol), a Haiti solidarity coalition of Haitian, diaspora and global women’s rights advocates that formed after the January 2010 earthquake to support the voices and rights of women and girls in Haiti’s recovery.
PotoFi Haiti Girls Initiative formed in 2011 to address the impact of the earthquake on adolescent and younger girls and particularly the problems of sexual violence, early pregnancy, displacement and hunger among young girls.
PotoFanm + Fi participants include: Edwidge Danticat, Berlotte Israel, Leonie Hermantin and Karen Ashmore (Lambi Fund for Haiti), Anne-christine d’Adesky, Janet Feldman, Taina Bien-Aime (Equality Now), Martha Wallner (Media Justice History Project), Alice Backer and Georgia Popplewell (Global Voices), Soleil Pheonix, Régine Michèle Roumain, Julie Sutherland, Marie Bonheur-Gulotta, Regine Jean-Charles, Gina Ulysse, Michele Stephenson, Carla Murphy, Ann Rossetti, and LigPouvwaFanm.
Ongoing Outreach to Haitian and women’s groups includes: LigPouvwaFanm, SOFA,Fanm Deside, MPP-Femmes, MUDHA, FANM (Miami), Ezili Danto forum, CAFRA, Lakou, ATIS Fanm Matemwa and more.