A long-time HAWG collaborator, Professor Mark Schuller has written many times about NGOs and disaster response. He offers an important list of “lessons learned” from past recovery operations and how we must be cautious to not keep reinforcing the same cycle.Read More
Gender & Human Rights
Last week the Obama Administration noted a sharp change in policy regarding the treatment of Haitian migrants. Citing a surge in numbers of Haitians traveling from Brazil, through Central America and crossing at the US-Mexico border, ICE began to detain more Haitians after several years of granting exceptions due to humanitarian concerns post-earthquake. Read More
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on the Third Anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s Decision to strip Citizenship from Dominicans of Foreign Descent
Today marks the third anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s decision to strip the hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship, the majority of whom are of Haitian descent.
From HAWG member, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti:
An online petition has been launched, calling for justice for Davidtchen Siméon, a 23-year-old youth organizer with the popular progressive organization MOLEGHAF ((Mouvement de Liberté, Égalité des Haïtiens pour la Fraternité), who was killed on August 13, allegedly by an off-duty police officer. Read More
Background and Context
1. Thousands of Haitians today are at risk of violence and discrimination as a result of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, their gender identity, or nonconformist social behavior. The mere perception that individual may be LGBT can place their life directly at risk because extreme hostility and discriminatory attitudes toward LGBT members are so pervasive. Read More
Last month, Jasmine Huggins of Church World Service interviewed Marie Frantz Joachim of Haitian Women’s Solidarity (SOFA) and Pierre Esperance of National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) to discuss the challenges facing women in Haiti and the elections. Below you will find the complete interview conducted in Haitian Creole but with a brief summary of the issues discussed. Read More
“We need to lighten the burdens on the backs of Haitian women.. On international Women’s Day, Haitian women commemorate the battle that we are still fighting to have our rights recognized and to play a full equal role in Haitian society. ” – Marie Frantz Joachim, Solidarite Fanm Ayisyen. Read More
Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The objective is to build momentum and encourage states to make new commitments to effectively implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are 17 goals intended to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. Read More
Better Work-Haiti recently released its 11th Biannual Synthesis Report Under the HOPE II Legislation to assess factory compliance with core labor standards and national labor law. For those interested, the report can be accessed at: http://betterwork.org/global/?p=7519.
Between September 2014 and August 2015, Better Work assessed 25 factories in Haiti’s garment sector. Read More
The situation of food insecurity in Haiti has worsened in recent months due to the convergence of multiple factors combined with structural causes that characterize the Haitian agriculture (land issues, lack of effective and maintained irrigation systems, erosion, etc.). Indeed, the effects of drought and rising prices of basic food products have particularly affected the poorest households. Read More