Treating Rape Survivors in Post-Earthquake Haiti

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During National Health Week, we might take a few moments to think about health issues of women beyond U.S. borders–such as in Haiti, where I’m stationed with the U.N. humanitarian response. As residents of the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, women in Haiti have always struggled with health concerns, and those have only been […]

Even One Rape in Haiti is Too Many

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I visited a camp for homeless earthquake survivors in Haiti–one of many, but this one stands out. Mud. Torn tarps. Tents branded with an array of aid logos. A few wild dogs on the outskirts. And thousands of people, everywhere. I spoke to so many women: How are you? What are your biggest concerns? Do […]

Haitian Feminists Celebrate Lost Leaders

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What better place to have spent International Women’s Day than in solidarity with Haitian feminists? It was a moving event full of singing, speeches, candles and tears,  marked by profound respect for Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin and Anne Marie Coriolan–feminist leaders who were lost during the earthquake. The event was organized by CONAP, the Haitian women’s umbrella organization, […]

Dispatch from Haiti: Finding Safe Spaces for Women

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March 4, Port-au-Prince. Five days into my new life in Haiti, working for the United Nations. Days are so full it feels like I have been here much longer. Working on gender-based violence is always a full-time job, but more so here than anywhere else I’ve been. This work has taken me around the world–to […]