Haitian Women's Rights Activists Demand an End to Sexual Violence
Posted on: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Haitian Women’s Rights Activists Demand an End to Sexual Violence
Wednesday, October 12 (Geneva) – Today, the demand of Haitian women’s rights activists for an end to violations of their human rights will be heard at the United Nations in Geneva. As the Haitian government faces the first review of its human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council, MADRE joins with our partners of the Haitian grassroots women’s organization KOFAVIV to call for renewed focus to protect women and girls against violence.
Since the earthquake, Haitian women and girls in the displacement camps have faced an epidemic of rape. They have lived without adequate security, lighting, shelter or privacy. MADRE’s sister organization KOFAVIV supports rape survivors with urgent care and connects them to medical and legal services.
Earlier this year, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), a regional human rights body, granted a series of “precautionary measures.” This decision followed a legal request submitted one year ago on behalf of displaced Haitian women. These measures legally bind the Haitian government to ensure adequate medical and psychological care for rape survivors, effective security, participation of grassroots women in policy-making and more.
Lisa Davis, MADRE Human Rights Advocacy Director and Clinical Professor of Law for the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at CUNY School of Law, said today, “The review of the human rights record of the Haitian government is an invaluable opportunity to mobilize governments to stand up for Haitian women’s rights. The decision of the IACHR gave us the blueprint we need. Now the donor states present at the UN must provide the funding to enable the Haitian government to implement these steps.”
The legal request to the IACHR was submitted by a group of advocates and attorneys, including MADRE, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and CUNY School of Law.
Available for Comment:
Lisa Davis, MADRE Human Rights Advocacy Director and Clinical Professor of Law for the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at CUNY School of Law
Malya Villard-Appollon, KOFAVIV General Coordinator
Eramithe Delva, KOFAVIV Executive Secretary
Jocie Philistin, KOFAVIV Project Coordinator
Archives"Press Releases" Home June 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 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
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
Haitian woman faces death threats for speaking out about violence against women (WBEZ Worldview, July 16, 2014)
Media Spotlight Turns Away from Iraq, as Concerns Mount Over Human Rights and Political Stalemate (Uprising Radio, July 11, 2014)
Iraq: The women left behind (Aljazeera, July 3, 2014)
Under Isis, Iraqi women again face an old nightmare: violence and repression (The Guardian, July 3, 2014)
How Can We Protect Women From A Sexual Jihad? (HuffPost Live, June 26, 2014)