Haiti's First lady honored at North Miami's Women's History Month Celebration
March 16, 2017 | 5h12PM ET
NORTH MIAMI, Florida (Le Floridien) - In 1987, Congress passed a law designating March as Women's History Month, corresponding with International Women's Day, which fell on March 8. Women's History Month is designed as a time to observe the vital role of women in American history, culture and society.
As tradition is about a display of respect, North Miami, "the city of progress", has once again organized a couple of events to salute many of those who have successfully challenged the role of women in many sectors in the society. Vice-Mayor Alix Desulmé led this year's celebration for the fifth largest city in Miami-Dade County.
Haiti's First Lady, Martine Moise, was part of the 2017 North Miami's Women's History Month celebration as the city's guest of honor. Mrs. Moïse, who was at her first official trip as Haiti's First lady in South Florida, was first welcomed on Wednesday, March 29 (around 1:30pm) in the city's council chambers (2nd floor), located at 776 NE 125th St. During a short ceremony, North Miami Mayor, Dr. Smith Joseph, D.O., Pharm.D., presented her a key to the city.
Addressing the crowded room of guests, Moïse briefly laid out the presidency agenda of her husband, in broad terms, his vision for the country. She reminded all that her husband would promote bio-ecological agriculture as an economic engine for Haiti, a way to keep one of his campaign promises. The first lady made the promise to prioritize good education and health care in her early actions, in order to support her husband.
The next day (Thursday, March 30), Mrs. Moïse took part at the "Women Who Inspire" Luncheon event hosted by the City in her honor at the Joe Celestin Center, located at 1525 NW 135th St., where she offered remarks to an audience of state and local officials.
"I selected First lady Martine Moise for her dedicated service to the people of Haiti, specifically Haitian women; though, her service began long before her husband, His Excellency, President Jovenel Moise, took office in February 2017," said District 4 Councilman Alix Desulme without elaborating on Mrs. Moïse's social accomplishments.
The Vice-Mayor who serves as host of the city of North Miami's "Women Who Inspire" events, was among the three South Florida Haitian-American elected officials (besides North Miami Mayor Dr. Smith Joseph and Florida State Senator Daphne Campbell) who traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to take part as special guests at Jovenel Moïse's presidential inauguration last February.
"While our appreciation is present year-round, Women's History Month is our time of reflection - for the city of North Miami to pay homage to women making a difference all throughout South Florida and internationally," added Desulme. "It is truly a privilege to honor first lady Moise during her visit. In fact, we're proud to celebrate the contributions of highly esteemed "women who inspire" in the fields of law, education, the non-profit sector - the list goes on."
At the "Women Who Inspire" Closing Reception held in MOCA's Paradise Courtyard in the evening of Friday, March 31, more than a dozen notable women were recognized and presented with plaques for their contributions to the North Miami community or their field of work.
Each honoree was selected by the City of North Miami's mayor and council for outstanding humanitarian work and leadership.
The 2017's North Miami Women's History Month celebration concluded with the monthly Jazz at MOCA concert, featuring Miamian singer, Karina Iglesias, one of the 2017 "Women Who Inspire" honorees.