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
Gender & Human Rights
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
This week in Petion-ville, Charles Jean-Jacques, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour in collaboration with UNICEF and the International Labour Office (ILO), and in partnership with 29 national and international organizations has launched a national, quantitative and qualitative study on the phenomenon of child domestic workers “restavèks” in Haiti, around the theme “The child domestics : understanding for better action”. Read More
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
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.
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