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Haiti - Social : Gender violence, hinders the development of the country
24/11/2014 11:49:03

Haiti - Social : Gender violence, hinders the development of the country
On Friday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Women and Women's Rights commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on the theme "Combining genres to fight together against violence against women" which is also the title of a major study of 80 pages on sex ratio in Haiti, from yesterday to today https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/CPPB_ETUDE_Haiti_Conjuguer-ensemble-les-genres-contre-les-violences-aux-femmes.pdf During this day, experts discussed several topics related to the issue of gender violence.

Note that according to the latest UNDP report on the Millennium Development Goals, 24.9% of the female population aged 15 to 49 said they are victims of some form of violence.

Yanick Mézile, Minister for Women and Women's Rights, declared "[...] Violence against women hinder the participation of the other half of the population in the development of his country [...] It is unacceptable because it is not limited to the practice on an individual, its repercussions extend well beyond the victims and threatens the stability, security and well-being."

For the sociologist of religion, Laenec Hurbon "Male domination is the basis of rape and violence that exist in the country and beliefs are not for nothing. All religions that are competing in Haiti [...] highlight the image of the superiority of men over women. It must go through education to move forward on this topic."

For Sophie de Caen, main Director of UNDP in Haiti "An abuse of a woman, is a violence too much," pointing out that with 4% of women in Parliament only, it is necessary to increase their participation at the political level "in order to educate politicians and members of the government to these important questions."

As part of new perspectives of the report gender, the study indicates that "The perspective of building new masculinities involves a change in the type of power relationship characterized by the dominance of men and the subordination of women [...] A hegemonic model of masculinity based on cooperation and balance will allow to shed new light on the overall distribution of roles between the public and private spaces. The new model of man participating in the performance of household chores and acknowledges that participation as an obligation. [...] A cooperative relationship and a balanced ratio of power [...] requires that man sees himself as co-breadwinner of the family property. He does not feel down if it is the woman who brings daily bread at home. Depending on the circumstances, one or the other sex can take care of the domestic space [...] The rules governing the operation of the home must be the result of compromise between man and woman. The mportant decisions are taken by mutual agreement whether it is the use of time of each partner in the education of children, the choice of an investment, etc... In everyday life, he must learn to listen to others and negotiate its interests. Being both anima and animus, man must be able to express his emotions."

Download the full study (PDF) (in french) :

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