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The Abrahim Index:
Although almost half of the households in Haiti are headed by women, patriarchal traditions and social discrimination continue to severely restrict women. Violence against women is also widespread in Haiti, and extreme poverty and the 2010 earthquake have made women even more vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation. Haiti has been plagued by violent conflicts, chronic political and economic instability, and multiple natural disasters. The United Nations (UN) Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1542 (2004) and is expected to be renewed. Additionally, Haiti has had long-standing conflict with the Dominican Republic, its neighboring country, that dates back to the colonial period. Haiti ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1981 and is not ranked in the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Greater women's participation in the recovery process is vital for the peace and development of Haiti as gender issues and women's development needs are not being adequately addressed, despite UN involvement and international aid.“If you don’t specify the broader themes of girls and women, they will naturally be forgotten.” - Carmel Dorie Barbot
1. 1325 TRANSLATION UPDATE: 9 NEW TRANSLATIONS COMING SOON
The UN Strategy of the Global Conflict Prevention Pool, a joint enterprise between the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence, and Department for International Development (DFID), has agreed to fund, and the FCO Translation and Interpreting Services to translate, 1325 into 9 new languages.THIS ISSUE OF 1325 PEACEWOMEN E-NEWS FEATURES:
Women's civil society groups were noticeable by their absence from the landmark Haiti donor conference on 31 March, which secured pledges of US$5.3 billion over the next two years to support the country's post-quake recovery.
We all know that women and girls living in areas of armed conflict and disaster suffer the worst consequences of crises due to their heightened vulnerability. We also know dozens of initiatives, conferences, reports, and guidelines have been elaborated with the aim of mainstreaming gender-sensitive approaches in responses to humanitarian crises.
In one year since CGI commitment, Digital Democracy has trained 150 women and built a database documenting over 400 cases of rape in Haiti. The only phone-based emergency response system dedicated to rape and sexual assault in Haiti has been designed, launched and tested by Digital Democracy (Dd) and KOFAVIV, the Commission for Women Victims for Victims.
Fabienne Doucet is haunted by the stories of the women and children she has met who are still living in camps one year after an earthquake reduced the island nation of Haiti to rubble.