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The Problem

In Haiti, more than 1  in 3 women reports having suffered violence from their partner or husband.

30%

of women of childbearing age have suffered physical violence
and 45 percent of cases, from their intimate partner

34%

of women in couples are survivors of domestic violence
and 37 percent of cases, this violence has caused serious injury

31%

 of women are exposed to controlling behaviors
including: excessive jealousy, limiting contact with the outside world or their family, and strict control of movement
12 % of Haitian women who have suffered sexual violence are girls aged 15 to 17
Description
Young Haitian girls in school

Women and girls are the backbones of Haitian society and the local economy.  Nearly half of Haitian households are women-led.  Women are considered pillars of economic life, as they form the majority of street vendors and support agricultural supply chains. 

However, women and girls continue to be affected by severe inequality and gender-based violence in Haiti

273,200

women in Haiti suffer from severe physical and/or sexual violence per year

This corresponds to 9.4 percent of the population of 14-49-year-old women

 In Haiti, evidence from confidential surveys suggests that intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious problem

Due to a feeble judicial system in Haiti, there were no laws in place declaring rape and domestic violence a punishable offense until 2005. Furthermore, women and girls in Haiti are given far less legal protection than men. This results in no penalties for criminals who commit these atrocious acts

Haitian girls situations

For many Haitian girls ages 13 to 17, the school was the second most common location where they reported some kind of sexual abuse

Important message from our organization

 

About 273,200 Haitian women suffer from severe physical and/or sexual violence per year. This corresponds to 9.4 percent of the population of 14-49-year-old women.
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