Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian Women Regroup, Rebuild

By Rebecca Harshbarger, WeNews correspondent Haitian women’s rights activists are still living in tents and cars, and mourning the loss of three leaders in the January earthquake. They are also organizing. A loose-knit coalition hopes to rebuild a more women-centered Haiti. (WOMENSENEWS)–A loose-knit coalition of 106 organizations called Femmes Citoyennes Haiti Solidaire, or Women Citizens Haiti United, has emerged from the devastation of the January earthquake to lobby for women’s advancement during the recovery efforts. Part of their inspiration comes from wanting to carry on for three leaders lost in the disaster, according to phone interviews with Haitian women’s advocates on the ground and experts who closely follow Haiti in the United States. The activists have no office but are managing to reach each other through e-mail and text messages, according to Martine Fourcand, a sociologist and activist who handles […]

Female Bangladeshi Forces Carry Hope to Haiti

By Amy Lieberman, WeNews correspondent A female U.N. police force from Bangladesh is bringing hope of better protection to Haitian women in makeshift camps for those displaced by the earthquake. Women’s activists in one camp say it’s not enough. They need help urgently. UNITED NATIONS (WOMENSENEWS)–Marie Eramithe Delva’s 17-year-old daughter narrowly escaped a rape attempt in one of Haiti’s largest internally displaced persons camps at the beginning of March. The 42-year-old mother and grassroots activist tried to report the assault and the attacker’s subsequent threats. A police officer just laughed and told her it was the problem of Rene Preval, president of the country that on Jan. 12 suffered an earthquake that killed approximately 230,000 people and left upwards of 1.3 million homeless. “They did nothing,” Delva told Women’s eNews in a phone interview, assisted by a Creole translator from […]

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