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Haiti has a long history of patriarchy, discrimination against women and gender-based violence in the home, at work, in political life and in the courts.  Gender discrimination pervades Haiti systematically. This denies women and girls the power to prevent and address injustices against them.   HAWG’s Gender & Human Rights Subgroup envisages, advocates for and supports Haitian colleagues’ struggle for a Haiti where human rights, freedoms, gender equity and justice prevail in all areas of life.  To contribute to achieving these goals, the Subgroup holds the Haitian government, and bilateral and multilateral aid agencies accountable for harmful investment impacts on women, men, boys and girls.

HAWG’s gender subgroup addresses a range of issues that include the following non-prioritized list:

  • Women’s and men’s equal rights
  • Gender-based violence
  • Restaveks
  • Trafficking
  • Gender impacts of climate change
  • Gender impacts of aid investments across sectors including agriculture; industry especially industrial park management and employment; and mining
  • Gender imbalance in government and elected positions
  • CEDAW and Haiti

Recent News:

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Gender & Human Rights, Report

HAWG’s Advocacy to commemorate International Women’s Day

HAWG’s 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD) Celebration
Elaine Zuckerman, Gender Action, March 27, 2017

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) celebrated 2017’s International Women’s Day (IWD) by inviting two Haitian women’s rights defenders to make presentations at meetings in Washington DC.  Doing so aligns with HAWG’s practice to bring Haitian voices to DC policymakers and donors. 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

Gender & Human Rights

Situation of Human Rights in Haiti

A group of human rights organizations sent a letter to the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti, Gustavo Gallon.

The letter summarizes the continued effect of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew and offers suggestions for effective assistance. Most of the information used in the report comes from direct input from communities impacted by the hurricane. Read More

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Report on prison escape, violence in Arcahaie

From the RESEAU NATIONAL DE DEFENSE DES DROITS HUMAINS (RNDDH), in English the National Human Rights Defense Network:

Full report in French available here.

Le 22 octobre 2016, une évasion s’est opérée à la Prison Civile de l’Arcahaie. Au cours de celle-ci, cent soixante quatorze (174) détenus se sont enfuis et au moins deux (2) personnes sont décédées, dont un agent de la Direction de l’Administration Pénitentiaire (DAP) et un prisonnier. Read More