Advocacy on Gender-based violence (GBV)



Advocacy on Gender-based violence (GBV)

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iKNOW Politics's picture


Women and girls living in Haiti’s makeshift camps face an increasing risk of rape and sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report released today.

One year after the earthquake which killed 230,000 people and injured 300,000, more than one million people still live in appalling conditions in tent cities in the capital Port-au-Prince and in the south of Haiti, where women are at serious risk of sexual attacks. Those responsible are predominately armed men who roam the camps after dark.

More than 250 cases of rape in several camps were reported in the first 150 days after January’s earthquake, according to data cited in the Amnesty International report, Aftershocks: Women speak out against sexual violence in Haiti’s camps.

One year on, rape survivors continue to arrive at the office of a local women’s support group almost every other day.

To read the full report, please visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Centre. 

Lotte Geunis's picture

Reports of widespread rape in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake continue to make headlines, but little action has been taken so far.  Since this crisis does not appear to be a 'hot topic' in the current presidential campaign, it is unlikely that legislative action of any kind will be taken soon.  

Several organisations have flagged the horrific violence and abuse women are increasingly suffering, but it has so far proved tremendously difficult to move from words to action.  What could be done to change this?   How could local and international organisations help Haiti's women move forward?  

For a quick overview of the issue, the WikiGender page on Haiti is quite instructive and can be found here.