Violence Against Women and the Climate Crisis: Our Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur

On March 31, 2022, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nègès Mawon, and the Global Justice Clinic (GJC) at the New York University School of Law provided information to the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, in response to her call for inputs on violence against women and girls in the context of the climate crisis. Key inputs include: (i) the link between the social marginalization of Haitian women and girls and their vulnerability to the climate crisis; (ii) the increased vulnerability of women and girls to violence and sexual exploitation and abuse in the context of climate disasters, especially situations of displacement; (iii) the risk of disaster response sidelining efforts to combat violence against women and promote gender equality; and (iv) the positive impact on disaster preparedness and response from women’s involvement and greater gender equality more generally. We provide corresponding recommendations. Read our submission to the UN Special Rapporteur here.
Read the submission in Kreyòl here.

In addition, IJDH co-signed a submission by the GJC and Solidarite Fanm Ayisyèn on land grabbing and violence against women and girls in the context of the climate crisis. Read the submission in English here.

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