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52nd National Chapter of OWSD is established in Haiti

May 03, 2023

In January 2023, Haiti became the 52nd country to establish an active OWSD National Chapter. 

The Haiti National Chapter is the 16th in the Latin America and Caribbean region, all established since 2019It is hosted by Centre Kaizen, the first gender equality consulting firm in the country. Haiti OWSD National Chapter Women Science


The first Executive Committee of the National Chapter is formed by:

Chair: Danise Emile, Epicentre/Doctors without borders
Vice-Chair: Janise Voltaire, Kéolis CIF
Secretary: Djeline Sanon, World Food Program WFP
Treasurer: NadègeTanis Carestil, Doctors without Borders
Career Development and Learning Coordinator: Stephane Fagola Louis, Independent Consultant
Communications Coordinator: Yverose Francois, Independent Consultant

Dissemination and Networking Coordinator: Augusmène Philius, Digicel


Included among the National Chapter's planned activities are a set of initiatives aimed at promoting gender equity and women's empowerment in science and technology fields. One of the main activities is the establishment of a quarterly press review to highlight the achievements of women in scientific fields that are traditionally male-dominated. This initiative seeks to promote the scientific fields that do not have many women and raise awareness of the importance of gender equity in science.

The National Chapter is also planning to organize training sessions for its members on topics such as female leadership, communication, and entrepreneurship. These sessions will equip women in science with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers and to become leaders in their fields.

Another critical activity on the agenda is to sensitize various stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the State University of Haiti (UEH), and other higher institutions, as well as classical schools, on the importance of gender equity in science. This initiative seeks to create a more supportive environment for women in science and to ensure that they have equal opportunities to succeed in their chosen fields.

Additionally, the National Chapter plans to organize literary contests targeted at private and public high schools to encourage young women to pursue careers in science and technology. Through these contests, the Chapter hopes to inspire young girls to develop an interest in science and pursue careers in scientific fields.

Finally, the National Chapter will organize communication sessions in universities, webinars, colloquiums, and seminars to popularize OWSD's objectives in relation to the Haitian context. These activities aim to create more awareness about OWSD and its mission to promote women's leadership and participation in science and technology. By implementing these initiatives, the National Chapter hopes to inspire and support women in science and technology in Haiti and to promote gender equity in the field.

At the time of establishment, OWSD had 23 members in the Haiti National Chapter. Women scientists from or living in Haiti who are not already members of OWSD can become members here. Members who are interested in joining the National Chapter are invited to contact

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