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22 Mar 2013 description

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Violence against women and girls in Haiti: What do we know about prevalence, drivers and perpetrators of violence against women and girls in Haiti, in both rural and urban areas? (Note any available information about trends in violence following natural disasters and other emergencies). What organisations are working to reduce women and girls’ vulnerability to violence in Haiti? Please summarise their principal programmes and projects.

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15 Mar 2013 description

The consequences of a disaster often live on beyond the moment of crisis that we all hear about. For those at the centre of a disaster, life becomes ever more stressful, existing vulnerabilities are amplified, and the institutions, groups and individuals that may once have offered support or protection can find themselves overwhelmed and understaffed. The result is often a sharp rise in interpersonal violence. Such violence can be abuse, exploitation, harassment, discrimination and rejection from other survivors, or even from those who are supposed to help.

14 Mar 2013 description

The maternity ward at the State University Hospital of Haiti (HUEH) was inaugurated this Friday, March 8, 2013, to coincide with International Women’s Day. Two hundred hygiene kits were distributed, and HUEH provided information addressing women’s health issues, such as family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and free urogenital lesion screenings.

07 Mar 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Mar 7 2013 (IPS) - Haiti is poised to enact major reforms to its penal code to make it easier for victims of rape to prosecute their attackers.

The amendments to the penal code would precisely define sexual assault in accordance with international law, legalize certain types of post-rape abortions, and criminalize marital rape.

The changes also mandate state-funded legal aid to victims who cannot pay for counsel. Discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” would be banned in limited circumstances, in a first for Haitian law.

07 Mar 2013 description
report Concern Worldwide

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year. It is a day in which women, men, girls and boys come together to celebrate, show solidarity for and recognise the dreams, aspirations and empowerment of women. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to commemorate the bravery of women in confronting injustice.

28 Feb 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 2013 (IPS) - As the earthquake in Haiti has proven, even more important than a recognised name or robust physical presence is the quality of services delivered by humanitarian relief organisations.

MADRE, a U.S.-based women’s human rights NGO, has been part of the Haiti relief effort since the earthquake and has recently focused its efforts on advocating for legal reforms addressing violence against women.

28 Feb 2013 description

This report assesses the protection work of member agencies and how they dealt with accountability issues during the earthquake response. It was produced by lead authors Eric James and Julie R. Dargis who are independent consultants and was based on research carried out in and around Port au Prince in Haiti in January 2013. The study reached five main conclusions:

NGO staff were aware of the issues and sought practical approaches to providing protection and ensuring accountability.

27 Feb 2013 description
report Mercy Corps

Jennifer Schmidt
Senior Development Officer

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. —Helen Keller

Given the magnitude and complexity of the poverty challenges that our global community faces, Helen Keller’s words couldn’t ring more true.

04 Feb 2013 description
report UN News Service

1 February 2013 – The outgoing head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti says that during his 20-months tenure, security had greatly improved in the Caribbean country, but delayed elections and unemployment still threatened stability.

18 Jan 2013 description

Une délégation issue de plusieurs organisations dominicaines engagées dans la lutte pour le respect du droit au logement au niveau local et international, poursuit des échanges depuis bientôt une semaine avec des familles déplacées et des organisations partenaires haïtiennes dont le Collectif pour la défense du droit au logement.

17 Jan 2013 description

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) a averti que, bien qu’il y ait eu des progrès à remonter la pente suite au terrible tremblement de terre qui a frappé Haïti il y a trois ans, les Haïtiens sont aujourd’hui confrontés à de nouveaux défis de sécurité alimentaire dus aux effets de la sécheresse, de la Tempête tropicale Isaac et de l’ouragan Sandy.

16 Jan 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Michelle Marion

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 January 2013 – For the first time since 2005–2006, Haiti has updated data on the situation of children and women, enabling analysis of the earthquake response and helping establish where and who the most vulnerable children are.

Positive findings

16 Jan 2013 description

LES POINTS MARQUANTS

  • 1000 jeunes filles vulnérables sont formées en métiers considérés non traditionnels.
  • La formation professionnelle est un pilier pour la reconstruction d’Haïti.
  • Ce programme vise à cibler la vulnérabilité liée au genre dans le pays.

Dans les locaux d’Haïti Tec, un centre de formation professionnelle certifié, un groupe de jeunes filles protégées de lunettes et de casques s’applique à scier du bois. D’autres groupes s’activent plus loin dans des cours de plomberie, d’électricité et de maçonnerie.

14 Jan 2013 description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that while there has been progress recovering from the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago, Haitians are now facing new food security challenges with the effects of drought, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy.

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Country Director Myrta Kaulard said WFP stands close to the victims and survivors of the terrible earthquake and while national capacities have grown stronger after the quake, many Haitians are struggling to put food on the table.

14 Jan 2013 description

Bogota, Rome, Washington, DC, Port-au-Prince, le 14 janvier 2013. Trois ans après le tremblement de terre qui a frappé Haïti le 12 janvier 2010, quelque 400.000 personnes déplacées continuent à vivre en grande précarité et sans protection, dans les camps situés dans et aux alentours de la capitale du pays, Port-au-Prince.

14 Jan 2013 description

Bogotá, Rome, Washington DC, Port-au-Prince, 14 January 2013 – Three years after the 12-January earthquake that struck Haiti, approximately 400,000 displaced people continue to live in vulnerable situations and without protection in camps in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding areas. The Jesuit Refugee Service expresses great concern, because the rights and appropriate guarantees for protection of displaced persons, as defined in the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, continue to be ignored.

14 Jan 2013 description

Trois ans après le tremblement de terre en Haïti, la situation du pays sur le plan du logement est tout à fait catastrophique, des centaines de milliers de personnes continuant à vivre dans des abris précaires, a déploré Amnesty International tout en exhortant les autorités et la communauté internationale à faire de cette question une priorité.

Le séisme du 12 janvier 2010 a fait plus de 200 000 morts et quelque 2,3 millions de sans abris.

On estime que plus de 350 000 personnes vivent actuellement dans 496 camps à travers le pays.