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Impact of the Crisis on Women

Haitian Women Demand Role in Rebuilding Their Country

Anthony Advincula

Almost three months after the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti, women advocates and UN officials are increasingly worried that Haitian women are being sidelined in national relief and reconstruction efforts.

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Where are the women in Haiti’s Reconstruction?

Women and gender issues were glaring in their absence from the March 31^st Haiti International Donors’ Conference held in New York when billions of dollars were pledged to finance Haiti’s reconstruction.

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Haiti's Women: 'Our Bodies Are Shaking Now'

by Beverly Bell

"The way you saw the earth shake, that's how our bodies are shaking now," said a member of the grassroots anti-violence group Commission of Women Victim-to-Victim (KOFAVIV by its Creole acronym). She was speaking at a meeting about violence against women and children since the earthquake January 12.

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Forthcoming: Gender Shadow Report on Haiti Post-Disaster Needs Assessment

In recent weeks, Haitian government officials and global stakeholders representatives have worked to draft a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) to serve as a blueprint for Haiti’s reconstruction. Although the PDNA is comprised of eight themes: governance, productive sectors, social sectors, infrastructure sectors, territorial development, environment and disaster risk reduction, economic analysis and cross-cutting sector (including gender, youth, culture, social protection, etc), only one theme (cross-cutting sector) peripherally addresses gender.

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Sexual Assaults in Haitian Camps Prompt Security Enhancements

Women and even children who survived Haiti's devastating earthquake say they now fear sexual assault in the hundreds of makeshift camps that have been set up for the homeless. U.N. officials in Haiti say they are increasing security measures to target sexual and gender-based violence.

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Forthcoming: Gender Shadow Report on Haiti Post-Disaster Needs Assessment

In recent weeks, Haitian government officials and global stakeholders representatives have worked to draft a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) to serve as a blueprint for Haiti’s reconstruction.

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Violence against women and social assessment in the camps in Haiti

María Suárez Toro, FIRE

While I lay in a tent in FIRE´s camp in Haiti I remember one of the first popular songs that changed social consciousness regarding violence against women, at a time when the subject was a well-known secret and there was no political, social and cultural acknowledgement of violence against women as a violation of the human rights of women.

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International Women’s Day in Haiti

Maria Suarez Toro, FIRE

It is the eve of the 8th of March 2010, the centennial of International Women’s Day. The immense mass of rubble in what was the Ministry of Women’s Conditions and Rights has been completely cleared to make way for the installation of an enormous tent that shelters more than one thousand activists, waiting for the inauguration of an event to honor the women, especially those who lost their lives in the earthquake on the 12th of January almost two months ago.

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Oral Statement on the Topic of: Ensuring Haitian Women’s Participation and Leadership Are Institutionalized in All Stages of National Relief and Reconstruction.

Authors: A coalition statement submitted by the Huairou Commission on behalf of United Methodist Women, Caribbean Association for Feminist Research & Action (CAFRA) ,CAFRA Haiti, MADRE, Women in Cities International, CDD, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir Mexico, Ipas Mexico, GIRE, Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida, GROOTS International, Huairou Commission, Gender and Disaster Network, AWID, AJWS

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