Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Only Emergency Response System Dedicated to Rape and Sexual Violence in Haiti Launched (Digital Democracy)

By Digital Democracy September 22, 2011 NEW YORK and PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The only phone-based emergency response system dedicated to rape and sexual assault in Haiti has been designed, launched and tested by Digital Democracy (Dd) and KOFAVIV, the Commission for Women Victims for Victims. Dd works globally to empower marginalized communities to use technology to fight for their human rights. The KOFAVIV Call Center is part of Dd’s work in Port-Au-Prince, supported by mobile-service providers Digicel and Voila. In Haiti there is no 911 or similar system for reporting emergencies. Now, free calls to the number “572” connect victims to critical emergency care including medical, psychological and legal support. The Call Center is one of four components of the Dd commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to use technology to address rape and gender-based violence (sGBV) […]

Reflections from a week among Haiti’s women

Abby Goldberg, Digital Democracy May 1, 2010 After a whirlwind six days in Port au Prince, Emily and I have much to share. Our trip actually came two weeks ahead of schedule. We received a request from the Protection Officer for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse working on behalf of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, who relayed the enormous and immediate need for mechanisms to streamline protection, documentation, and service provisions around gender-based-violence. Her mandate was to create this mechanism and she asked whether we could join an “interagency working session” just a few days from our initial phone call – in Port Au Prince – to provide technical expertise at the meeting. Just a few days later we were in the air and then suddenly on the ground in the midst of the rubble and rebuilding […]

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