Author: haitiadvocacy

Climate Change, Food Sovereignty

Chair of HAWG’s Climate Change Committe reflects on recent Haiti trip

The HAWG Heads to Haiti: Firsthand Perspectives on Haiti’s Environmental Needs

We sat three abreast in the back of a jeep, speeding through mountainous roads toward the southern tip of Haiti. Sitting between by my Haiti Advocacy Working Group colleagues, I could hardly believe that we were finally here, investigating the crucial sustainability issues for which the HAWG has advocated over the past several years. Read More

Access to land, Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Gender & Human Rights

Rapport de HAWG sur son voyage en Haïti: Défis environnementaux et Opportunités

Entre le 22 et le 26 février 2017, quatre membres de HAWG se sont rendus en Haïti. Elaine Zuckerman de Gender Action, Joel Kupferman de l’Initiative pour la justice environnementale, Maurice Bloem du Church World Service et Jayce Hafner de l’Église épiscopale ont participé à ce voyage. Tav Hafner a servie de cameraman de la délégation. Read More

Access to land, Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Gender & Human Rights, Report

Report back on HAWG’s trip to Haiti: environmental challenges and opportunities

Between February 22 and 26, 2017, four members of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group traveled to Haiti.   Elaine Zuckerman of Gender Action, Joel Kupferman of the Environmental Justice Initiative, Maurice Bloem of Church World Service, and Jayce Hafner of the Episcopal Church participated in this timely trip.  Tav Hafner served as the delegation’s videographer.   Read More

Gender & Human Rights

Join Gender Action, Human Rights Watch + HAWG for International Women’s Day 2017 event!

Status of Women in Haiti Panel Invitation

International Women’s Day Celebration
Haiti Advocacy Working Group
March 7, 2017 from 9:30-11 am

You are invited to attend a Haiti Advocacy Working Group panel on the status of women in Haiti featuring Haitian feminist activists and experts on Haiti.

When: March 7 from 9:30-11 am

Where: Human Rights Watch, 1630 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC

Panelists:

Nadia Lafleur, Director of Fanm Deside’s battered women’s shelter who will describe gender-based violence in Haiti and the shelter’s work with female victims of violence

Sabine Lamour, Activist and Professor who will discuss women’s participation in Haitian elections, women’s political representation, and the “paradoxical status of women in Haiti’s reconstruction following the 2010 earthquake”

Amanda Klasing, Senior Researcher in the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch who will summarize Haiti’s 2016 submission to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Amy Van Zanen of Gender Action who will summarize the gender impacts of World Bank and Inter-American Bank investments in Haiti during 2013-16

Hosts: Haiti Advocacy Working Group, Gender Action, and Human Rights Watch

We welcome your participation! Read More

Immigration and deportation advocacy

Take action on deportations! Join IJDH’s network of support and solidarity

The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Read More

Elections and Democracy

Haiti’s Eroding Democracy – read the latest article by CEPR’s Jake Johnston

“Haiti stands as a stark reminder of the fragility of electoral democracy amid rising inequality and exclusion. After the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, Haiti’s poor majority turned out en masse for general elections, but that cycle appears to be broken. Today, Haiti ranks among the lowest worldwide in terms of voter participation”

Read the full article from CEPR’s intrepid researcher/writer, Jake Johnston,  here: 

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Climate Change, Events, Food Sovereignty

Haitian civil society perspectives on climate change and the environment

Between January 9 and 13, Christin Calixte, Coordinator of the Haitian Civil Society Platform on Climate Change, came to Washington DC as part of a high level Haitian delegation which included the Minister of Environment. The delegation aimed to raise awareness of the effects of climate change, environmental degradation, the impact on food security and the urgent need for climate finance. Read More

Climate Change, Events, Food Sovereignty

A conversation with Hon.Simon Dieuseul Desras, Haitian Minister of Environment

Between January 9-13, at the invitation of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, the Honorable Simon Desras – Minister of the Environment in Haiti – Mr. Astrel Joseph, Director of Soils and Ecosystems at the Haitian Ministry of the Environment and Christin Calixte, Coordinator of the Haitian Civil Society Platform on Climate Change, came to Washington DC for a series of meetings with representatives from the U.S. Read More

Elections and Democracy, Report

New report shows troubling weaknesses in electoral system

In the week of President-elect Jovenel Moïse’s recent inauguration, a new report by international legal observers argues that Haiti’s democratic institutions are suffering a profound crisis of confidence. Low turnout, voter disenfranchisement and lingering concerns about fraud raise troubling questions about the breadth of the incoming president’s mandate, according to the report, entitled Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy: Disenfranchisement and Disillusionment in the November 20 Elections. Read More