AFAB’s mission is to empower Haitian women by helping them develop their individual and collective capacity to improve social, economic and political status and thus be able to effect positive changes in their life and their families’ lives.
The Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB) is a grassroots organization founded by a group of Haitian women from different social, religious, and economic backgrounds who have joined forces since August 1988 for a women’s voice in the Haitian community.The grassroots organization is dedicated to empowering low-income Haitian women and their children. We believe that everyone, regardless of race or sex, should have equal rights, and that women should have unlimited opportunity to develop as individuals, unhampered by social traditions.
AFAB’s programs include:
- Housing: affordable housing, transitional housing, and housing advocacy;
- Domestic Violence: advocacy, education, and outreach;
- Adult Education: ESL and literacy classes, workshops, computer training, and personal finance and economic literacy classes that empower participants;
- Youth Development: Sojourner after school program, Ayiti Demen cultural group, and Leadership Training for girls.
In addition to the activities at our community center in Dorchester, AFAB conducts workshops and makes presentations throughout Boston, and in communities including Cambridge, Somerville, and Brockton.
Our Core Values
- We are committed to the women’s struggle.
- In all our programs and services, we will work to raise the consciousness of Haitian women about their social, economic, and political rights as citizens and engage them in organizing work to ensure their entitlement.
- We believe in the need to demystify social traditions that serve as barriers to women’s empowerment.
- We value speaking out and taking action against all types and forms of violence against women.
- We believe that, with support, women can empower themselves by taking charge of their own lives: being self-sufficient, having a true sense of their identity, having voice, and reclaiming their self-worth.
- We believe that society must treat people equally, equitably, and respectfully, independent of their academic, economic, and social backgrounds, age, sexual orientation, race, physical ability, or religious beliefs.
- We are committed to respecting, understanding, and supporting one another.
- We are committed to providing a nurturing environment where people are culturally sensitive to the issues of Haitian women and their families.
- Breakdown destructive stereotypes of women and promote positive interactions across genders.
- Promote awareness of social, economic and health issues facing Haitian women.
- Strengthen, uplift and empower Haitian girls and women.
- Raise the consciousness of Haitian women about their social, economic and political rights.
- Help women attain physical, social, mental and economic health.
- Help improve the quality of life for women and children.