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Haiti - Social : $3.9M to combat gender-based violence
11/03/2017 09:02:40

Haiti - Social : $3.9M to combat gender-based violence
As part of the International Women's Day, several women's organizations officially launched the project called "Kombat Vyolans". This three-year project is supported by the US government through the United States Agency for International Development International Development (USAID) and funded to the tune of US $ 3.9 million to combat violence against Haitian women and girls.

"Kombat Vyolans" aims to reduce Gender-Based Violence (GVA) in Haiti :

- By Supporting Haitian institutions concerned with gender-based violence;
- By Strengthening the capacity of organizations that deal with GBV victims;
- By connecting the actors and victims of GBV;
- By Enabling access to information on GBV;
- By promoting a gender-neutral society without violence.

"When a woman's safety and health are threatened, she is unable to take care of her person, her children or her family, let alone contribute to the development of her community. Gender-based violence is a blockade to any progress in any community," said Lovesun Parent, USAID's Gender Advisor.

Brian Shukan, Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy in Haiti, said, "Today, USAID is proud to work directly with our Haitian partners to increase awareness of the dimension and iImpact of the problem, improve services for victims of violence and strengthen prevention. We will continue to support Haitian organizations and State entities in the fight against this scourge in Haiti." Also deploring the fact that rape in Haiti is criminalized only by a ministerial decree of 2005 and not by an Act. He called on Haitian lawmakers to speed up the adoption of a law on violence against women.

The "Kombat Vyolans" project is supported in particular by: the Center for the Promotion of Working Women (CPFO), the FOSREF and Ayiti Nexus in collaboration with the Haitian Women's Movement for Education and Development (MOUFHED), Women in Democracy (EDF) and The Edge Worldwide.

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