Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew and the rights of persons with disabilities

The rights of persons with disabilities are routinely left out of the conversation on human rights – especially after major natural disasters like this month’s Hurricane Matthew. Emilio Deas explores what the situation in Haiti is for persons with disabilities before and after Hurricane Matthew. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Times of Disaster Emilio Deas, Disability Rights Fund October 23, 2016   Until a month ago, Emilio Neas’ region in Haiti was rich in agriculture and beautiful sand beaches. Now, as a result of Hurricane Matthew, over a thousand people are dead and thousands have lost their homes and livelihoods. The delivery of humanitarian aid is hampered by impassable roads and now, a heavy rain that is flooding the rivers and streams. “The country is on its knees. The […]

Pétition: inclure les femmes handicapées dans l’égalité du genre

Petition for an inclusive approach respecting the equality of women with disabilities in the National Policy for Equality of Women and Men (2014-2034) launched by the Haitian government on 6 March, 2015 Le Gouvernement d’Haiti: Inclure les femmes en situation de handicap dans la Politique d’Égalité Femme Homme Signez la pétition ICI. Nous, les signataires de cette pétition, félicitons le lancement de la Politique nationale d’égalité Femmes Hommes (2014-2034) par le gouvernement haïtien le 6 mars 2015. Le gouvernement haïtien à travers cette politique, dit vouloir un pays où les femmes et les hommes puissent jouir de conditions égales afin d’exercer leurs pleins droits et établir une société haïtienne inclusive avec une forte cohésion sociale. En dépit de la nonchalance du gouvernement, cette politique existe.Cependant, malgré cette vision dite inclusive, les femmes en situation de handicap sont exclues et n’ont même pas été […]

Petition: Include Women with Disabilities in Haitian Gender Equality

Petition for an inclusive approach respecting the equality of women with disabilities in the National Policy for Equality of Women and Men (2014-2034) launched by the Haitian government on 6 March, 2015 Government of Haiti: Include women with disabilities in the National Gender Equality Policy Sign the petition HERE. We, the signatories of this petition, welcome the launch of the National Policy for Equality of Women and Men (2014-2034) by the government on March 6, 2015. The Haitian government, through this policy, signals that it wants a country where women and men can enjoy equal opportunity to exercise their full rights, and to establish an inclusive Haitian society with strong social cohesion. Despite the nonchalance of the Haitian government in the application of its terms, this policy exists. However, despite this so-called inclusive vision, women with disabilities are excluded, and have neither been invited nor consulted in the process beginning […]

Disability Rights Fund Seeks Director of Development

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF), located in Boston, MA, is seeking a Director of Development.  DRF utilizes an e-office structure with employees living across the globe. The Director of Development position will be based in the U.S. and must have the willingness and capacity to work independently from a home location with travel to Boston on an as-needed basis. The Director of Development will be responsible for developing and implementing a multi-million dollar fund-raising campaign and communications program that will help grow DRF and diversify funding. The Director of Development serves as an advisor to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors on all matters related to fund development and messaging, leading efforts to provide DRF with significant opportunities to present its work to foundations, governments, corporations and major/individual donors.  She/he will strengthen fund development across the organization, working collaboratively […]

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