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Comparative Perspectives on Gender ViolenceLessons From Efforts Worldwide$
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Rashmi Goel and Leigh Goodmark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199346578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346578.001.0001

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The Vital Role of Grassroots Movements in Combatting Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Abuse in Haiti

The Vital Role of Grassroots Movements in Combatting Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Abuse in Haiti

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(p.43) 4 The Vital Role of Grassroots Movements in Combatting Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Abuse in Haiti
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Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence
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Nicole Phillips

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346578.003.0004

Historically, the Haitian response to domestic and sexual violence against women has been weak and was informed and exacerbated by political instability and repressive regimes in the country. Moreover, poverty in Haiti has left women more vulnerable to gender violence, and Haiti’s history of gender discrimination has denied women the ability to seek redress for violations. As a result, intimate partner violence and sexual violence are widespread and often go unreported. These conditions were exacerbated by the 2005 earthquake, which left more than 1.5 million Haitians homeless and continues to undermine efforts to address gender-based violence. In the aftermath of the earthquake, grassroots organizations mobilized to demand and develop support for women seeking legal interventions. Their work has resulted in a noticeable change in attitudes about sexual and gender violence in the justice system.

Keywords:   Haiti, sexual abuse, earthquake, poverty, gender discrimination, intimate partner violence

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