Key women's organizations in Haiti
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Haiti, Now and Next By Régine Michelle Jean-Charles
Despite impressive gains in gender equality, nearly 4 million poor women “missing” each year in developing countries
Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:32 Alexis Erkert, Photos by Ben Depp
Who knew a woman who runs around on TV with a gun and another who runs around in heels would have so much in common?
Haitian president Michel Martelly visits the women involved in drafting a National Platform of Action in Port-au-Prince on March 1, 2012. (Photo: Haitienne Magazine) by Stephanie Foster
About the Author: Marsha McLean serves as Senior Consultant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Office of Public Diplomacy.
Voters in Haiti go to the polls on Sunday, March 20, 2011 to elect a new president and a new Parliament. Those elected will face daunting challenges as Haiti rebuilds itself: quake-related devastation, systemic poverty, ongoing crises in the delivery of basic services such as health care and education, and violence. According to the International Organization for Migration, 3 million Haitians -- nearly one third of the population -- were affected by the quake; an estimated 1.3 million were displaced and 800,000 remain in camps.
Key Statistics Prior to the January 2010 Earthquake 44 percent of all households are female headed households. 1 60 percent of female headed households are living in extreme poverty. 2 83 percent of economically active women work within the informal sector. 3 26 percent of all women and girls (15 years+) have been victims of sexual and gender-based violence. 4
Haïti: Les femmes devraient être plus présentes Un atelier de réflexion sur les stratégies de participation des femmes dans la politique s'est tenu les 29 et 30 avril 2008 à l'hôtel Montana à l'initiative du ministère à la Condition féminine et aux Droits des femmes (MCDF).