When it comes to the women we're working with in the various prongs of the Women's Program ...
Often times we hear statements and questions similar to:
~ Why do they keep having babies?
~ Why don't they just stop having sex?
~ Why doesn't she protect herself/use birth control?
~ She made the choice.
~ It's her fault/problem/consequence.
Those statements and questions are made from a presupposition of justice and equal power. Every culture has different rules and structure. It is much more complicated than we make it.
I often think back to the day a boyfriend showed up on our doorstep and told Troy to fire his girlfriend. Troy said, "Why? She is a great employee. I have no reason to fire her." The man said, "You've given her power and she won't let me beat her anymore."
After five years here, I know I still don't really get how it all works. I only know I personally wish to withhold any and all judgment of the women we work with and respond with mercy and love.
This blog post by Barbie (A Physician's Assistant working in Haiti) speaks to the imbalance in Haiti. To read the full post go here.
Two scratches of a pen. A life altering diagnosis.
Read the rest of Barbie's post here: