Lisa François Executive Director of the Women's Collective for Women's Political Participation "Fanm Yo La", while commending the efforts of the Government for the numerous appointments of womens to key positions, expressed concern about the lack of women in the Permanent Electoral Council [whose Gabrielle Hyacinthe is the Director General] and appeal the legislative power, whose representatives are not yet been appointed, to meet the quota in its future designations...
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Early this year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) completed a three-month survey of Haitians made homeless by the earthquake of January 2010. The IOM’s assessment concluded over 800,000 were still living in temporary campsites or shelters across the country. Most of the campsites have few lights at night and with tents providing little security, there has been a worrying rise in sexual violence.
According to TrustLaw news, police and medical centres have been dealing with an alarming number of women and girls coming forward to report sexual assaults since the... Read more
On March 20, Haiti will hold the second round of its presidential and parliamentary elections. The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term. In the Senate (Sénat) 30 members are elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve 6-year terms. In the Chamber of Deputies (Chambre des Députés) 99 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms. For more information on this election, please visit the IFES Election Guide on Haiti's 2011 Elections here. Read more
A useful workshop aimed at generating an understanding in the media of Haiti’s women’s quota was held on 13 June in Port au Prince.
The workshop was arranged jointly by International IDEA and the Haitian committee charged with the implementation of the 30% quota for women that was incorporated into the Amended 1987 Constitution (Article 17.1).
We invite you to read the full article published June 19 2013 by our partner, International IDEA Read more
Thriving and revitalized, the city of Port-au-Prince hosted its first ever BRIDGE courses for members of the Haitian electoral management body.52 participants experienced BRIDGE for the first time during the two 5-day trainings, held back-to-back from April 15 – 26, 2013. The participants were drawn primarily from different departments of the CTCEP (Transient College of Permanent Electoral Council). They spent the five days engaged with the newly revised Gender and Elections Module. The CTCEP has a critical task ahead of them as they seek to address the serious gender gap in political... Read more
This publication presents an overview and brief analysis of the first round of grants issued by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in partnership with the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Both organizations are engaged in advancing gender equality and democratic governance around the world. The following pages probe, in a concise fashion, what was achieved through seven grants to improve women’s political participation in a diverse set of countries and regions.
A series of project profiles, drawn from reports and independent evaluations, summarizes objectives and activities, results,... Read more
This document analyzes the changes in Latin America and the relationship between democratic governance and the reform of gender inequality practices. It provides two sections that evaluate the concept of governance, and the reflection on the relationship between gender and institutions. It also emphasizes the work of the women’s movement to achieve the democratization of societies and the regulation of institutional frameworks based on gender parity. Read more
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The intervention strategy of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Elections Project in Haiti is part of the overall objective of UNDP to support democratic governance in Haiti. It is specifically designed to support the national ownership... Read more
Women account for over 52 per cent of the total population of Haiti and are very active in the economic and social sectors. Yet their political participation and representation in Parliament is very limited. Only seven of the 144 political parties are headed by women. Women represent less than five per cent of the Haitian parliament, and there are no women at all in the current Senate. Now that the gender quota is included in the amended constitution, what are the best strategies to ensure its effectiveness?
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Across the world, female political representation continues to be an issue.
Most recently, it’s become a significant issue in Jamaica, where the 51 Percent Coalition has been pushing for more women in Parliament (and in boardrooms) in the country.
So we decided to take a look at the Parliaments in the Caribbean that have the most female members.
We invite you to read the full article published January 16, 2014 Read more
During the First Ordinary Session of the Council of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), which was held March 1, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, around the theme "Women's rights: From Law to Practice" ; Marie Yanick Mézile, Haiti's Minister for the Status of Women and Women's Rights, in her capacity of Vice-President, presented the government's policy on gender issues in Haiti.
(We invite our users to read the full article published March 6 2013) Read more