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Despite the invaluable contributions of many women in Caribbean history, their voices and stories have often been left by the wayside, having fallen prey to the whims of a society that often undervalues women. From providing the nurture needed by their communities to blazing new pathways, women have always lead the way for movements of great change.
The Sanit Bèlè (Sanite Bélair) Women’s Empowerment Series was born out of a desire to celebrate and center the visionary work of contemporary Haitian women. Sanit Bèlè was a Haitian freedom fighter and revolutionary, and one of the women soldiers who fought during the Haitian Revolution at the turn of the 19th century. Sanit, whom Jan-Jak Desalin (Jean-Jacques Dessalines) described as “a tigress,” is formally recognized by the Haitian Government as a National Heroine of Haiti.
Just as the Haitian Revolution led the way for so many others in the Caribbean, the courage and fortitude displayed by Sanit during the Haitian Revolution was unparalleled and continues to echo in the spirits of many Haitian women today. Her passion and fire serve as inspiration for the three Modern-Day Revolutionary women being featured this month in the Sanit Bèlè Women’s Empowerment Series: Ana Belique, Sociologist & Human Rights Activist, Emmanuelle Georges, Certified Life Coach & Podcaster, and Nathalie Cerin, Singer-songwriter, Teaching Artist & Blogger. Join us in conversation with these Haitian women as we discuss their journeys, life work, and what #RevolutionaryWork means to them.
All events will take place in English & Haitian Creole.
Presented by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU and the Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York.
Monday, March 8, 2021 7pm- 8pm EST
Featuring: Ana Belique, Sociologist & Human Rights Activist
Ana Marie Belique , Sociologist, human rights defender and social activist. As a leader and founding member of the recognized movement I have represented the community of Haitian descent in different national and international spaces to expose the situation of human rights and statelessness of Dominicans of Haitian descent. I have participated in various thematic hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and various academic conferences on racism, blackness, discrimination, and social movements.
I was also the protagonist in the documentary film, Hasta La Raíz, which narrates the process of struggle of Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. I also work for the empowerment of the Dominican population of Haitian descent who live in the especially young bateyes, through the initiative MUÑECAS NEGRAS RD, a space that seeks to empower and train black women and girls from the bateyes of the Dominican Republic.