Haiti is putting the finishing touches on new legislation to tackle a scourge of post-quake sexual violence in a country where rape has only been a crime since 2005 and rights groups say enforcement is sporadic at best.
Impact of the Crisis on Women
Women in Haiti have long been at the forefront of resistance and reform in Haiti yet women are often overlooked in post-disaster relief and reconstruction efforts. What is the status of women and women’s rights in Haiti two years after the devastating earthquake?
Impact of the Crisis on Women
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23, 2012 (IPS) - The Caribbean nation of Haiti, still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, is once again trying to cope with the sexual abuse of minors by U.N. peacekeepers - for the third time in five years.
NEW YORK, Jan 12, 2012 (IPS) - Eighteen-year-old "Kettlyne", a Haitian orphan living in the rubble-strewn Croix Deprez camp – one of the many remaining tent-cities that houses refugees from the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake – is unable to feed her three-year-old daughter.
Two years since the earthquake in Haiti, UN Women and UNFPA Haiti, in collaboration with the Ministry for Women Conditions and Women's Rights (MCFDF), have worked work to improve conditions for women, who still face rapes and gender-based violence at an alarming rate. To help address this problem for the over 500,000 people still residing in camps, UNFPA Haiti installed 200 street lamps in 40 of the camps near showers, latrines, and water distribution areas last year.
It is easy to give up on Haiti reading through the litany of articles about where the country stands after two difficult years since the January 12, 2010 earthquake. In many ways, that was true even before the quake -- in the last five years, there have been food crises, multiple hurricanes, and political and electoral crises.
A new report tells of one woman whose tongue was bitten off when she was raped by a group of armed men while taking out her trash, and a child who died when a landowner set fire to a camp on his property.
Narrated by internationally renowned TV journalist Daljit Dhaliwal,this 21st Century short documentary goes deep into Haiti's makeshift camps to expose acts of violence and sexual assaults women, especially young girls, have encountered since the country's devastating earthquake in January left 1.5 million homeless.
FRIDAY FILE: The impact of natural disasters is gendered and therefore responses to these disasters must be gender responsive. Six months after the earthquake in Haiti MADRE's Yifat Susskind spoke with AWID about the gendered impact of the earthquake, and described what a gender responsive approach to addressing the crisis would look like.
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Haiti's earthquake made women and girls more vulnerable to sexual violence and abuse.