Updates from Haiti: Women and Girls Continue to Lack Aid

By Melissa Sandgren
Women waiting in line for aid; photo courtesy of the International Feminist Radio
Women waiting in line for aid; photo courtesy of the International Feminist Radio

The Global Fund for Women continues to receive updates from our grantee organizations and advisors in Haiti. While our recent radio interview with feminist activist Flavia Cherry, discusses how the Myriam Merlet International Solidarity Camp is enabling Haitian women and girls to access critical resources, the situation for women and girls in Haiti continues to be urgent.

The most pressing concerns are the lack of aid reaching women, girls and expecting mothers in many of the camps, as well as their safety. Many women are not getting the necessary cards they need to claim aid, and rape is a considerable concern. The lights in Port-au-Prince are reportedly non-functioning and many are sleeping outside in makeshift tents. This situation severely limits the privacy of women and girls, and leaves them particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.

To help distribute medical information, non-profit publisher Hesperian is encouraging volunteers, residents, relief workers and travelers to share its free, downloadable, multi-lingual health glossaries and books for women and girls. Their books, Where There is No Doctor and Where Women Have No Doctor are simply written and heavily illustrated, allowing many ages and educational levels to understand the important material. They are available in Creole, French, Spanish and English.

For other ways to help and get involved, we encourage you to: Support the International Feminist Camp, donate to the GFW Haiti Crisis Fund, share this post with family and friends, and forward the medical information above to volunteers, residents, relief workers and travelers already in or leaving for Haiti. Melissa Sandgren is a member of the Communications Team at the Global Fund for Women and a research assistant at the Maternal & Child Health Department in the School of Public Health at the University of California-Berkeley.


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