Sophie, Janet- others... I like this quote from the summary of the PDNA process and its goals that concluded the first Montreal conference on Haiti. I think it would be a good quote to use at top of report - and reference. What do you think?


“Women’s participation is key. In other disasters, we have helped develop local mechanisms that include men and women for addressing issues related to land, allocation of houses, and common property resources. We also recruited women engineers and trained women masons. Gender equality is central to building back better and a gender perspective must be included in our assessment and recovery plans. Gender-based violence which was a pre-existing problem in Haiti will also need immediate attention to avoid escalation. Working through the Haitian Ministry of Women’s Rights, and with Haitian women’s organizations and civil society institutions will strengthen sustainability.” - Helen Clark: Statement at the Montreal Ministerial Conference, a Preparatory Conference on the launch of a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) mechanism for Haiti in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

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Thanks so much, AC and Sophie! Great talk today, and it was wonderful to hear your voice, Sophie! I'm wondering something: how did the Camp site turn out? I'm still available to be helpful w/that as needed! All best wishes and appreciation to you both, Janet