We work in the interests of the Haitian people, she said at U.N. regional offices in Fort Liberté where she took studious notes as staffers spoke about efforts to curb child trafficking, domestic violence and professionalize the police.
But it was her ability to flow from English, French, Spanish and Haitian-Creole that won over appreciative crowds.
While her linguistic abilities she also speaks Portuguese typify the global nature of her work, they are also part of the nuanced power of this five-foot-three inch woman whose presence could easily be overlooked.
I have to communicate with people, and I have to do it in a way that they dont ask me What are you really saying when you try to speak Creole? she said with a chuckle.
Honorés understanding of not just the language of Haitians, but also its cultural nuances is important, observers say. It can help transmit the right message and communicate national sentiments in a nation where foreign diplomats are often seen as bullies or cheerleaders.
Still, not everyone is convinced that changing the face of the mission will soften criticism of the U.N.Critics note that despite more than 8,000 cholera deaths, the U.N. still refuses to take responsibility for its role in the cholera outbreak.
Weve havent progressed while this force has been here, said Eric Jean-Baptiste, a wealthy lottery owner who recently unveiled a statue of a Haitian stepping on a blue helmet, the latest entry in his anti-MINUSTAH campaign.
She will continue to perpetuate the same narrative, he said of Honoré, who is black. During slavery, the commanders were not white. They were black. She came to continue to play the same role.
The challenges facing the U.N. mission, much less Haiti, could easily put off the most seasoned of diplomats. But Honoré is embracing it with a quiet focus.
As she wrapped up her tour last week, Honoré stopped at a garment factory employing thousands of women. There she chatted with Therese Jean-Charles and left a lasting impression. As a woman, the $5 per day sewer said, I feel proud to see a woman in charge.