This World Water Day, and every day, we should be working to break the silence around menstruation, and ensure women and girls can manage their periods and be free to get on with their lives. November 17, Commentary. Without adequate access to contraception, women and girls faced increased vulnerability when they survived by trading sex for food. These schools, including recently constructed ones, lacked adequate water and sanitation facilities. The Haitian government and donors and donor-funded NGOs should support mutual and strengthened accountability related to aid, which is necessary for rights-holders to make the government accountable for its human rights obligations. January 30, News Release. In particular, the report found that, 18 months after the earthquake, the voices of women directly affected by the earthquake had been excluded from the reconstruction process.
Some teachers told Human Rights Watch that girls sometimes stay at home during menstruation because they have no option to manage their hygiene at school. February 24, Dispatches. Rights-Based International Aid The Haitian government is obligated to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of those in Haiti—despite the fact that the measures it can take are limited in resources and capacity. January 25, Dispatches. Articles Authored February 7, Dispatches. While the conditions of these camps are still a pressing concern, Human Rights Watch has shifted its focus to look at human rights concerns facing women and girls in Haiti that transcend the boundaries of displacement camps. Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. We spoke with girls in Haiti who leave school to go home to wash and change the materials they use to manage their menstruation, because they cannot do that at school—leaving some to miss as much as 30 minutes of instruction every time they need to change their materials.
A woman fetches water from amadna partially submerged hand pump in a flood-affected village in Sonitpur district in the northeastern state of Assam, India, September 11, Those duties kept some girls from getting to school on time, causing them to miss important lessons and fall behind their male classmates. Social stigma and shame created further obstacles to seeking care. June 7, Video. November 1, Dispatches. Cooking and eating at school canteens often occurs in the vicinity of students who have no choice but to defecate in the open and where there is nowhere to wash their hands with soap.
Development assistance should help build the capacity of the Haitian government, providing it with tools needed to work towards fulfilling the rights of its citizens and to be accountable to them.
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Some gave birth in the dirt in tent camps or in the street without access to running water. In particular, we have focused humxn 1 protections for victims of gender-based violence and 2 the rights to water and sanitation in schools.
Incidents of diarrheal disease can be reduced by 30 percent when children and staff at primary schools wash hands properly, according to one study. Decisions about how refugee camps, detention watcg, schools, and workplaces rigyts all affect how periods are dealt with. The Haitian government and donors and donor-funded NGOs should support mutual and strengthened accountability related to aid, which is necessary for rights-holders to make the government accountable for its human rights obligations.
According to the women and girls we interviewed and surveys conducted by other human rights organizations, the exchange of sex for food is common.
A criminal code reform process first funded by the United States Institute for Peace inwith continued support by USAID, is an important opportunity to introduce criminal provisions on gender-based violence that are consistent with aamanda standards.
Articles Authored February 7, Dispatches. Nevertheless, gender-based violence remains a significant concern in Haiti and the legal protections afforded to victims remain weak. She has spoken before United Nations human rights bodies.
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Victims of violence continue to face challenges in accessing medical care, and support should be provided to ensure women and girls have access to comprehensive post-rape care. Join our movement today.
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Most Viewed June 21, Report. Without adequate access to contraception, women and girls faced increased vulnerability when they survived by trading sex for food. The relationship between the human rights to water and sanitation and many other human rights, including education, is clear. February 24, Dispatches. Rihts Shared January 30, Dispatches.
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Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. January 30, News Release.
They told Human Rights Watch that they sometimes feared going to the bathrooms in camps because they were not secure. Human Rights Watch has engaged with direct legal service providers who confirm that amnda stigma and shame also prevent many women and girls who are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence from seeking legal recourse.
Why Menstrual Hygiene is an Urgent Human Rights Issue
While the conditions of these camps are still a pressing concern, Human Rights Watch has shifted its focus to look at human rights concerns facing women and girls in Haiti that transcend the boundaries of displacement camps. Six of the pregnant women and girls who spoke with Human Rights Watch—3 of whom were 14 to 15 years old—said their pregnancies resulted from rape.
People who work in development and for aid groups may understand these concerns, but still feel they lack the proper tools to address them. Development Needs, Capacity Building, and Challenges. This World Water Day, and every day, we should be working to break the silence around menstruation, and ensure women and girls can manage their periods and be free to get on with their lives. Aid transparency with consistent flows of information and complete data is necessary so that civil society and the government of Haiti can monitor implementation of donor activities and their impact on the realization of rights.
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February 25, Commentary. Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. These kasing have been successful in supporting more Haitian children to register, attend, and stay in school.