Award Presented for International Ruling on Sexual Violence in Haiti
Posted on: Thursday, June 2, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MADRE: Rights, Resources and Results for Women Worldwide
CONTACT: Stephanie Küng, MADRE (212) 627-0444, email@example.com
Gender Justice Award Presented for International Ruling on Sexual Violence in Haiti
Thursday, June 2, 2011—New York, NY—Today, as the winners of the annual Gender Justice Uncovered Awards were announced, the People’s Choice Award was presented for a landmark decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to demand action to end sexual violence in Haiti’s displacement camps.
MADRE today expressed its honor to join the group of advocates and attorneys accepting this award, the result of a successful joint international human rights campaign.
Each year the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards identify the best and worst judicial decisions or statements related to gender and human rights. This decision won the Gavel Award in the People’s Choice category for best judicial achievement of the year.
In a petition to the IACHR, MADRE and our partners demanded immediate and concrete action from the Haitian government to protect the lives of women and girls facing an epidemic of rape in the displacement camps in Haiti. The IACHR’s resulting decision was the first ever to recognize that Haiti, like all states, has a responsibility to prevent violence against women, including violations perpetrated by private actors. Moreover, the decision furnished a list of concrete steps to protect women and girls against rape, such as installing lighting in the camps and increasing security patrols.
Yifat Susskind, Executive Director of MADRE, said today, “People around the world have taken a stand against the rape epidemic in Haiti’s displacement camps. Their vote for this decision in the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards demonstrates a global commitment to end sexual violence against women in Haiti. We are honored to join our partners in accepting this award, and we will use it to amplify our call for the Haitian government and the international community to take steps to protect the lives of women and girls.”
To read more about the petition to the IACHR, including a list of petitioners, click here.
For more information about MADRE’s work in Haiti, click here.
The following people are available for comment:
Yifat Susskind, Executive Director of MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization. Yifat has worked closely with Haitian women’s human rights activists before and since the earthquake to create programs in their communities to address violence against women. She also recently accompanied leaders of MADRE’s sister organization KOFAVIV as they testified in Washington, DC before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Archives"Press Releases" Home March 2013 February 2013 September 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 November 2010 October 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 March 2007 February 2007 December 2006 October 2006 July 2006 June 2006 September 2005 January 2004 August 2001
Kaitlyn Soligan, Media Coordinator
PHONE: +1 212 627 0444
MADRE Makes News
An Open Letter to the Indigenous Peoples of Guatemala (Common Dreams, May 15, 2013)
Mothers Fight Back (RH Reality Check, May 9, 2013)
How Not to End the War in Syria (Common Dreams, May 9, 2013)
Conditions in Jordan Syrian refugee camp are worse for women (Women's News Network, April 19, 2013)
US Army Vet and Iraqi Activist Find Common Ground (France24 International News, March 28, 2013)