The third edition of the feminist Neges Mawon festival began Monday in Haiti. The festival includes various activities including lectures, film screenings, shows, and guided tours.
Neges Mawon, the group putting the festival together, is a young feminist organization that works in the field of education, culture, and politics, and whose mission promotes the civil, political and socio-economic rights of women.
The festival, with activities taking place around the capital city of Port-au-Prince, will include the Foundation Knowledge and Freedom (FOKAL) organization, and will end on Sept. 29.
The idea behind the festival, organized by its namesake, is to look at cultural and artistic production with a feminist perspective, and to experiment with a new way of understanding and renewing the issues of feminist militancy by using art to try to revitalize the Haitian feminist movement, giving it new "leadership", a new image and creating new actors in the feminist movement.
Renowned feminists such as researcher Marie Carmel Paul Austin, sociologist DaniÃle Magloire, and economist Nathalie Lamaute-Brisson will attend the festival where debates regarding the role of women in Haitian economy, factors in the feminization of poverty, and female marronage (the process of freeing oneself from slavery) will be held.
The organizers of the event said, “Today, the struggle of feminists is not yet perceived as a struggle for human rights.” They feel that the movement is still widely unknown, misinterpreted and misinformed.
"This festival is also a fundamental step to start creating an audience, especially among young people, who will be sensitized, informed, trained and who will hopefully participate in the struggle for women's rights and gender equity," they emphasized. The organizers also intend to create cultural spaces that encourage artists capable of taking stands on issues of gender and equality.