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Advocating for Women's Human Rights in Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

An update on our work in Haiti:

Lisa Davis, an attorney working with MADRE, traveled to Haiti last week as part of a delegation of human rights attorneys with the Lawyers' Earthquake Response Network (LERN), a project of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) to investigate rape in the "Internally Displaced Persons" Camps that now cover Port-au-Prince. While there, Lisa met with MADRE’s partner organization, KOFAVIV.

Blaine Bookey, an attorney with IJDH, wrote about the situation in the camps:
“As feared, there is a grave problem and the government/international response has been completely inadequate. Poor women are shut out of decision making processes, lack access to justice and appropriate medical services, and continue to live with heightened risk of violence.
Despite all of this, women's groups like KOFAVIV and FAVILEK are organizing and finding ways to support and protect themselves. The delegation lived and worked at theBureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) office. Women's groups meet there every day to organize, conduct trainings on human rights and seek respite from life in the camps.”
More information from the delegation:

  • Press Release: Read the delegation's press release.
  • Human Rights Council: Read the statement submitted by MADRE and other groups to the Council in advance of the upcoming General Session.
  • Precautionary Measures: We are part of an effort to petition the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to take immediate precautionary measures for the safety and well-being of women in the camps.

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