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1. Simeunovic, Sara Lynn. Female Democratic Agency: Lessons from Rural Haiti.

Degree: MA, Political Science, 2019, Virginia Tech

The human security crisis threatening women and children in rural Haiti has motivated Haitian traditional birth attendants known as the famn chay, to generate a response relative to the crisis and generate social change. This crisis is a significant one. When a mother struggles in childbirth, both the life of her and her child’s are threatened. Women in rural Haiti also face gender and economic inequalities. Despite these realities, the famn chay have chosen to mobilize and create what is known as a konsey kominote. Konsey kominote are community groups found throughout rural Haiti and are a key entry points for citizen engagement for many rural Haitians. This study seeks to examine the unique ways the famn chay have chosen to respond to the crisis through their konsey kominote and the potential for female democratic agency. There is a significant lack of elected female officials in Haiti. The historical roots of female gender discrimination stretch as far back as Haiti’s independence. By researching the impact rural Haitian females, such as the famn chay, are making in Haiti, we can begin to discover the potential for female democratic agency existing in rural Haiti. Advisors/Committee Members: Zanotti, Laura (committeechair), Dupuy, Arnold C. (committee member), Stephenson, Max O. (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: democratic agency; human security; Haiti; participation; female; famn chay

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APA (6th Edition):

Simeunovic, S. L. (2019). Female Democratic Agency: Lessons from Rural Haiti. (Masters Thesis). Virginia Tech. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10919/87531

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Simeunovic, Sara Lynn. “Female Democratic Agency: Lessons from Rural Haiti.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Virginia Tech. Accessed December 15, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10919/87531.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Simeunovic, Sara Lynn. “Female Democratic Agency: Lessons from Rural Haiti.” 2019. Web. 15 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Simeunovic SL. Female Democratic Agency: Lessons from Rural Haiti. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Virginia Tech; 2019. [cited 2019 Dec 15]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/87531.

Council of Science Editors:

Simeunovic SL. Female Democratic Agency: Lessons from Rural Haiti. [Masters Thesis]. Virginia Tech; 2019. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/87531

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