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Code Blue plan to end impunity for peacekeeper sexual abuse

Code Blue has released a comprehensive plan to end impunity for UN peacekeeper sexual abuse by establishing special independent courts to deal with this issue. The plan aims to tackle the three largest issues surrounding peacekeeper sexual abuse: the historical and long-existing documentation of sexual abuse by peacekeeping personnel, the current system that allows perpetrators to escape prosecution, and the failure of the UN to address the underlying sturctural issues that allow for sexual abuse to occur. A Practical Plan to End Impunity for Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse Code Blue October 13, 2016 THE CODE BLUE CAMPAIGN IS ADVOCATING FOR A NEW, INDEPENDENT SYSTEM OF SPECIAL COURTS TO DEAL WITH SEXUAL ABUSE BY UN PEACEKEEPING PERSONNEL. THIS SOLUTION WILL PROVIDE IMPARTIAL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS, THE ACCUSED, AND THE BATTERED POPULATIONS WHO CURRENTLY HAVE NO REAL RECOURSE TO JUSTICE. Download as a PDF October […]

Canadian Government May Improve Relations with Alleged Victims of UN Peacekeepers

As Canada’s new Liberal government gears up to reengage with peacekeeping efforts, the issue of peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse has been brought into the spotlight and highlighted with the recent accusation of three more Canadian peacekeepers in Haiti. Although the UN has bolstered its talk of “zero-tolerance policies” with regards to sexual misconduct by troops, evidence of actual action to facilitate paternity and abuse claims has proven to be difficult to find. With the recent revelations of the disturbing sexual exploitation of children in the Central African Republic by peacekeepers, the precedent is being set for future transparency and concrete legislation by the UN and member state governments like Canada. Global Affairs within the Canadian government has explicitly stated its intent on finding the best way to address these issues. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full […]

Haitian Senate Candidates Overwhelmingly Male

Despite a Constitutionally-mandated quota of 30% female participation, 91.27% of candidates for Haiti’s Senate are male: Out of 149 candidates for Haiti’s various departments, only 13 are women. This article breaks those numbers down by department and also provides a list of the woman candidates. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – FLASH : 149 candidates for 10 seats in the Senate (list) HaitiLibre July 19, 2016 149 candidates (13 women and 136 men) will compete on 9 October for the first round of elections of the renewal of third of the Senate. The dominance of the number of men candidates (91.27%) over the women candidates is overwhelming, far from the respect of minimum 30% quota for women stipulated in the amended Constitution. … Click HERE for the full text.

Triple Murder of Deaf Women Spurns Activism

Following the brutal killings, Haitian civil society has come together to demand action. Activists have called for the inclusion of women with disabilities into the national gender equality plan in an attempt to remedy the causes of this event. IJDH Staff Attorney Nicole Phillips is also cited in this article. Click HERE for the original article. Murder of three deaf women in Haiti must be a starting point for change Anna Leach, The Guardian July, 18 2016 On Saturday 11 June government ministers and campaigners attended the funeral of three female street vendors, laid to rest in sturdy white coffins laden with flowers, with more than 2,000 people in attendance. Their brutal murders had shocked a country. Jesula Gelin, a mother of six, Vanessa Previl and Monique Vincent were all deaf and worked in Haiti’s capital. That is itself was notable – they were economically […]

Petisyon: Enkli fanm andikape yo nan Politik Egalite Fanm ak Gason

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 Gouvènman ayisyen an: Enklizyon fanm andikape yo nan Politik Egalite Fanm ak Gason Siyen petisyon an ISI. Petisyon pou yon apwòch politik ki pa chita sou eksklizyon ak inegalite kont fanm andikape yo nan Politik Nasyonal Egalite Fanm ak Gason (2014-2034) gouvènman ayisyen an te tanmen nan dat 6 mas 2015 Nou menm ki depoze siyati n anba petisyon sa, wete chapo n byen ba pou n salye lansman Politik Nasyonal Egalite Fanm ak Gason (2014-2034) gouvènman la, ki te tanmen nan dat 6 mas 2015 ki sot pase la. Nan kad politik sila, Leta Ayisyen di li manifeste volonte l pou konstwi yon peyi kote fanm ak gason ka viv nan […]

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 […]

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