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Women and girls, the first victims of the crisis in Haiti

  • May 7, 2024
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Women and girls are the first victims of the crisis ravaging Haiti, according to UN experts.

The situation of insecurity and political instability in Haiti, exacerbated by violent gang activity, disproportionately affects women and girls, who are victims of sexual violence perpetrated by members of criminal organizations, warned United Nations experts this Monday.

“Internally displaced women and girls, living in inadequate and insecure displacement sites, are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence,” the UN experts said in a statement.

Experts expressed concern about the authorities’ lack of protection for the safety of Haitian women, stressing that this situation also stems from discrimination pre-existing the current crisis.

“No one should be forced to choose between their safety and the ability to provide for themselves and their families, go to school, access health care and basic services, including sexual and reproductive care “, said the experts.

They also stressed that women’s voices and perspectives must be at the center of the political transition process, to ensure that widespread violations of the rights of women and girls are not repeated and that those responsible for these violations are held to account. .

“We call on the authorities to take all necessary measures to guarantee the full and equal participation of women in the peacebuilding process, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1325,” concluded the UN experts.

It should be noted that acts of violence committed by armed groups in Port-au-Prince caused the exodus of more than 53,000 people in three weeks, as revealed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in its latest report, published on April 2, 2024

A total of 53,125 people were forced to leave the metropolitan area from March 8 to 27, 2024 due to the escalation of violence in the Haitian capital, facing a situation described as “cataclysmic” by the UN with gangs armed forces controlling more than 80% of Port-au-Prince.

In a report published in March, the UN warned of the growing number of victims of violence, with 1,554 people killed in the first three months of the year, highlighting the “increasing levels of gang violence” in the country. .

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Ravensley Boisrond