Haiti - Social : The Responsible Fatherhood Act still not enacted !
This law aims to empower fathers offenders and put an end to the unfortunate situation of single parent families [47% in Haiti] headed by women, who have on average six children, most often of two or three different fathers who abandon them for not having to assume [or that are no longer able to assume] the economic needs of the family...
Several organizations promoting women's rights among others : "Fanm deside JakmĂ¨l", "Solidarite Fanm AyisyĂ¨n" (Sofa), "Fanm yo la", deplore, what seemsnot to be a priority for the Government Martelly-Lamothe and advocate for the enactment of this law in the Official Journal "Le Moniteur" in the shortest possible time in order to allow finally its application.
"It is a feeling of frustration, that runs through us, seeing that after 7 months, this law has not yet be enacted," declared Marie Frantz Joachim, leader of SOFA, describing it as demagogic the statements of Government, which puts forward the importance of women (40%) in the Government and does nothing to enact this law...
Lisa FranĂ§ois of "Fanm yo la" appeal to the sense of responsibility of Yanick MĂ©zil, Minister for the Status of Women and Women's Rights, which should make of this law her priority.
The organization "Fanm Deside JakmĂ¨l" also regrets this absence of publication and emphasizes on the necessity to take into account also, access to DNA testing to establish paternity.
See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-533-haiti-social-loi-sur-la-paternite-louable-mais-inapplicable.html (in french)