Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

After Earthquake, Violence Against Haitian Women Rises

By Kinal M. Patel, Virginia Law Weekly On Monday, student organizations hosted “Strategies for Change in Haiti: Tackling the Challenges of Gender Based Violence in Post-Earthquake Haiti,” a talk featuring Tamara R. Brown, Eramithe Delva, and Prof. Deena Hurwitz. The three speakers discussed the regularity and increased frequency of gender-based violence and rape against women and girls in post-earthquake Haiti. Haiti is no stranger to gender-based violence. During the 1990s, the Cedras government used rape and other forms of gender-based violence as a tool to ward off support for democratic change. Following the departure of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, Amnesty International reported that the interim government engaged in gender-based violence, and rape again became a political tool to punish women believed to have supported democratic change. A mortality study conducted in Port-au-Prince, published in The Lancet, concluded that political […]

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