Officially open for business since October 2012, Caracol Industrial Park (PIC) is expected to become Haiti’s largest private employer and foreign investor. US$ 424 million in development aid from donors including the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the United States government have been committed to the Park and ten PIC support projects. Read More
International Women’s Day Celebration
March 7, 2017 from 9:30-11 am
You are invited to attend a panel on the status of women in Haiti featuring Haitian feminist activists and experts on Haiti, sponsored by Gender Action, Human Rights Watch and HAWG.
When: March 7 from 9:30-11 am
Where: Human Rights Watch, 1630 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC
Panelists include: Nadia Lafleur, Director of Fanm Deside’s battered women’s shelter, Sabine Lamour, Activist and Professor, Amanda Klasing, Senior Researcher in the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Amy Van Zanen of Gender Action
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On January 12, 2010, an earthquake struck Haiti west of its capital, Port-au-Prince, killing over 200,000 and causing an estimated US$ 8 billion in damages. Promising to “build back better”, bilateral and multilateral donors including International Financial Institutions (IFIs) have pledged over US$ 13 billion to the humanitarian and reconstruction efforts to date. Read More
Recordings of the different briefings are available online.
- Gender Briefing (February 4th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV1Y5ZF7H3o
- Reception and Photo Exhibit (February 4th) – www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS_qQcRTXyM
- Interfaith Prayer Breakfast (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=eznd7SnfZ4Q
- Accountability Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube .com/watch?v=rfZGCztqxzE
- Housing Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f-D33Padww
- Agriculture Briefing (February 5th)– www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAa16Pr-Zcg&feature=youtu.be
- Closing remarks by Rep.
Government of Haiti
The government of Haiti (GOH) sent representatives to attend the events, as well as meet with Haitian grassroots partners and the HAWG during a separate, private meeting on housing. This meeting was a breakthrough for all sides, as the representative for the Haitian senate provided important information on the mechanisms for consultations with the Haitian parliament, particularly the senate, and the ways to access them. Read More
Moderator: Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver, Congressional Black Caucus
Speakers: Rev. Dr. John McCollough, Church World Service
Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Islamic Society of North America
Ian Schwab, American Jewish World Service
Fr. Gabriel Lormeus, St. Mary’s Haitian American Catholic Church
On the Third Commemoration of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) organized a series of congressional briefings and meetings with decision-makers in Washington DC around the theme of “Accountability for Haiti.” Three years since Haiti experienced the most devastating natural disaster in its history, public concerns remain about relief and reconstruction policies and programs that have ignored the voices of Haitian civil society, especially the farming communities and poor urban dwellers who are now facing a looming food crisis, the hundreds of thousands living in camp cities or other precarious housing conditions, and the families of the thousands dead and hundreds of thousands sickened from a rising cholera outbreak. Read More