The established network of CSOs in Haiti have untapped capacity to achieve meaningful outcomes in the areas of women’s protection and empowerment with a view to socio-economic recovery.

The Added Value of the WPHF

In Haiti, the WPHF aims to support CSOs to reinforce protection of women and girls’ human rights, empowering them to engage in the design of activities and services to ensure their safety, physical and mental health and facilitation of economic recovery.

Background

Seven years after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, the country is still struggling to move from recovery to longer-term development as it fights systemic poverty and environmental degradation. The devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew, a Category four storm that ravaged coastal areas in September 2016 and impacted the lives of 2.2 million people, has now plunged the country into its worst humanitarian crisis since 2010.

The Issue

Compounded by the country’s natural disasters, Haitian women are often subjected to social, political and economic stigma and discrimination, which can contribute to their lack of confidence in assuming leadership and decision-making roles.

Whether it is gender barriers to accessing land, credit and infrastructure, reproductive health, education, skills, personal safety, or participation in decision-making processes, women still struggle to recognize their equal right to live in dignity. Sexual and Gender based violence (SGBV) is a major problem for those living in shelters, while women in hurricane-affected communities have expressed concerns regarding general insecurity and constraints on their freedom of movement.

Complementarities & Partnerships

The established network of CSOs in Haiti have untapped capacity to achieve meaningful outcomes in the areas of women’s protection and empowerment with a view to socio-economic recovery. The WPH Fund will support women to take leadership roles in the provision of service delivery, and actively participate in interventions enhancing human rights protection. Leveraging investment of the GAI would help to scale up existing CSO activity and provide incentive to pursue further alignment and synergies with post-Matthew initiatives undertaken by UN actors and other national partners.

In Haiti, the WPHF will specifically focus on:

  1. Supporting local women’s organizations to engage effectively in humanitarian planning and programming, including through the restoration of livelihoods and promotion of economic empowerment of women as part of the recovery phase.
  2. Facilitating an effective and efficient environment for GBV prevention with an emphasis on empowering girls through advocacy, engaging girls and boys to end GBV, transforming gender norms toward greater equality and strengthening nascent national efforts to establish a multi-sectoral response to GBV that will ensure access to vital services.

Funding Needs

$6,600,000 over 2 years

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