As the global community honours the work, struggles and achievements of women on International Women’s Day, says Lesley Crosson, one way to spotlight their status and the issues they face is to look at recovery efforts underway in earthquake-stricken Haiti.
Haitians have marked the one-month anniversary of the awful earthquake that devastated their country on 12 January with music, memorials, tears and a strong commitment to see the country rise from the ashes once more.
Haitian communities must be nurtured now and supported long into the future if the country is to secure a new reality for its people and build resilience to natural and man-made shocks, says Progressio.
The authorities in Haiti have increased their estimate of the number of people killed by the devastating 12 January 2010 earthquake from 212,000 to 230,000, with the final figure likely to be much higher.
The World Council of Churches has welcomed the initiative by the G7 industrialised nations which pledged this past weekend to write Haiti's debts off. It has also called on the IMF and others to follow suit.