Gender discrimination exacerbates crisis for women in Haiti

Gender discrimination exacerbates crisis for women in Haiti
Gender discrimination exacerbates crisis for women in Haiti

United Nations, May 7.- Gender discrimination and inequalities exacerbate the difficult situation of women and girls in Haiti, warned a joint statement issued by a dozen independent human rights rapporteurs of the United Nations (UN). .

The text asserts that impunity for widespread violations of the rights of Haitian women, in the midst of an unprecedented outbreak of instability, endangers their physical and mental integrity, and even their lives.

In the opinion of experts, women in the Caribbean country suffer disproportionately from the crisis of violence that causes loss of livelihood, food insecurity and widespread displacement.

At the same time, violence leads to the collapse of education, health care and other essential services along with severely limited access to justice due to fear of reprisals and lack of economic opportunities.

Internally displaced women and girls, who live in inadequate and precarious places, are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence, the report also warns.

In this context, the risks and prevalence of trafficking in women and girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation and sexual slavery grow substantially.

The rapporteurs considered the Government an active accomplice of gang activities when mentioning reports about the lack of treatment against corruption in the judicial sector.

The country must return to democratic and constitutional governance based on the principles of respect for human rights, transparency and accountability, the experts urged.

The transitional government must make good faith efforts to execute its mandate and create conditions for free, fair and inclusive elections, they further requested.

The independent rapporteurs called for an immediate end to all forms of gender-based violence, while deploring the continued failure of authorities to protect and fulfill the rights of women and girls in this crisis.

No one should be forced to choose between their safety and their ability to support themselves and their families, attend school, access health care and basic services, including sexual and reproductive care, they added.

Survivors of violence, they insisted, remain unable to receive the assistance and protection they need. (Text and photo: PL)

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