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The list of what needs to be fixed in Haiti is distressingly long, and progress has been frustratingly slow. But two areas require urgent attention from the Haitian government and its main international backers, the United Nations and the United States:
“Recovery in Haiti is one of the most complex humanitarian and development challenges in modern times.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent a senior team to Haiti to enforce the United Nations' zero-tolerance policy on misconduct by its personnel following the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old Haitian man by Uruguayan members of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean nation.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Tuesday, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said he would be supporting the drafting of laws to protect the identity of victims of rape in Haiti. Currently in Haiti, no laws are in place to compel law enforcement to keep undisclosed the identity of persons who bring complaints of sexual violence.
Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) and Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE) have partnered to donate a total of $60,000 to help women and girls affected by the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti in January 2010.
Haitian women have been increasingly vocal and active in social, political, and economic issues since the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986. Though it has not come easily, their progress in changing gender relations of power within the home, within social movements, and within the nation has been steady.
The PeaceWomen Team
The preceding month has seen a host of activities to mark the sixth anniversary of Resolution 1325 (see Item 3). As we have noted on numerous occasions, while focused attention on the resolution and its implementation is welcome, we look forward to this being something which extends through the entire year.
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