Gender Based Violence in Haiti

Six months after the earthquake in Haiti, we see a continued crisis of safety and security in the displacement camps that has exacerbated the already grave problem of sexual violence.

In May and June, delegations coordinated by the Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network (LERN) traveled to Haiti to investigate the problem of rape and other gender-based violence in the camps. They found that women are being raped at an alarming rate—every day—in camps throughout Port-au-Prince. The Haitian Government, the UN and others in the international community have failed to adequately address the situation. Women, especially poor women, have been excluded from full participation and leadership in the relief effort.

IJDH, MADRE, TransAfrica Forum, and the Universities of Minnesota and Virginia law schools released yesterday this Report Our Bodies Are Still Trembling: Haitian Women’s Fight Against Rape in an effort to bring to light the crisis and guide governments, international organizations, and other stakeholders in providing for even more effective protection and promotion of women’s human rights in Haiti.

Gender-based violence  (GBV) or violence against women is a global public health and human rights problem. Please join me in sending this report to colleagues, students, and organizations. And please contribute your comments and public health expertise online to The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.


Samantha Diamond

Yale University

BA/MPH 2011


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