Haiti: Consultation on Gender Justice and Equality

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How can the inter-American system of human rights be used to advance women’s rights, gender equality and justice in Haiti?

Christian Aid and three partner organisations Mission Sociale des Eglises Evangéliques (MISSEH), Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) and Groupe d’Appui aux Réfugiés Rapatriés (GARR) participated in a consultation workshop on Gender Justice and Equality in Haiti organized by the Church of Sweden from 13 to 14 July 2016. Forty-five representatives of women’s organizations, human rights organizations, and faith-based organizations and institutions working in the human rights sector took part in this activity from different areas of the country. Christian Aid and three of its partners have actively participated in this workshop with rich presentations from Christian Aid and two partners, MISSEH and RNDDH.

The overall theme of the consultation workshop was: “How can the inter-American system of human rights be used to advance Women’s Rights, Gender Equality and Justice in Haiti?

RNDDH’s intervention was on: How can the human rights organizations influence state policies in the implementation of international instruments for Women’s Rights and Human Rights in general?

The key points highlighted by RNDDH were:

Christian Aid Jocelyn Numa and MISSEH Mrs Etheart (gender focal point) presented on: How can the interventions of faith based institutions help advance human rights and the specific rights of women?  The importance and the evidence of the impact of faith-based organizations work on gender and human rights were highlighted.  MISSEH’s work on gender, specifically the economic aspect with micro credit programs supported by Christian Aid and livelihood support for the women in their Programme, was also presented. These interventions struck particular interest as there aims were not only to train the women on their rights and gender-based violence but also to help them on social and economic aspects to reinforce their livelihoods.

During this workshop, several analyses showed that a lot of work has been realized on gender justice issues with the “Ministère à la Condition Féminine et des Droits de la Femme (MCFDF), the minister’s public health and Ministère of justice. However, much remains to be done. Of all the identified obstacles, three main ones were highlighted:

Certain strategic axes were identified in an action plan:


But for a short term period: There is a committee in place to follow up on the election process in order to be sure to have women in decision making posts in the next Government.

Christian Aid and partners remain committed to this work and look forward to continuing collaboration with the Church of Sweden and other actors involved in gender justice work in Haiti.

by Jocelyn Numa, Christian Aid

Posted by: Terrie Robinson | Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
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