Haiti Part two
Poto Mitan: Haitian women, Pillars of the Global Economy
Stories of 5 women, each woman’s personal story explains neo-liberal globalization,
works to build globalization and economy as a gendered institution.
- poor factory conditions, speaks about governmental control in order to repair the
- lesser means , cannot afford suitable housing.
- schools are too expensive, many children cannot afford to attend because of this.
- more than half the country are youths with no jobs, 60% is unemployed in the
country, they cannot afford to go to school.
-inequality , poverty etc, facilitate poverty
HOPE, lifting some tarrifs on Haitian textiles
Two factors : structure of commerce , social services
Trade/tariffs are killing local economy, forced to buy imported produce, causes
farmers to become poorer
J.C duvallier- Haitian pig fiasco, killing the pig destablished economy and helped
usher in the neo-liberalist demands
Hold up family, community, bear life, etc
Feminization of poverty, because women are easier to exploit, cheaper labour ,
larger portion are unemployed
Poto mitan- centre post
Government- when one falls and another takes over, a lot of rapes occur.
The American plan, 80’s
Last years of baby docs reign, - neoliberal reform
We can think about this as a way of opening your country to free trade.
He also opened the Haitian market to food imports, stopped subsidizing food
Creole pig fiasco- eradication of pigs , were a back up plan for the farmers.
The us were telling him to stop helping the farmers, at the same time open ur gates
to our highly subsidized rice.
Combo of losing pigs and not being able to sell their food in the market, caused a lot
of people to abandon and move to the city.
400 000 to 2 million, rapid expansion without changes in social space and services.