Women’s-rights groups in
Haiti have witnessed dramatic increases in rates of sexual violence in many of
the displacement camps formed after the 2010 earthquake. Rape and other forms
of gender-based violence — horrific violations of human rights — threaten the
physical and psychological health of both the victims and their families.
Members of the House of
Representatives have introduced House Resolution 521,
the United States to work with the Haitian government to end gender-based
violence throughout Haiti. The Haiti earthquake sent many millions of residents
into camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Official estimates show
that almost 600,000 are still living in IDP camps without adequate housing,
sanitation, health-care services, lighting, or security — all of which leads to
the increased vulnerability of women and girls.
We are calling on members of
Congress who are committed to women’s rights, children’s rights, and Haiti’s
successful and inclusive rebuilding process, to sign onto H.R. 521. Support
women and children in Haiti by sending a message to your representative today.
H.R. 521 will do the following:
Send a message in support of this resolution today.
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Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent and as a supporter of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, I am writing to you today to urge you to sign on to House Resolution 521. This resolution calls for the United States to work with the Haitian government to end gender-based violence throughout Haiti. Official estimates show that almost 600,000 people are still living in camps for internally displaced persons, without adequate housing, sanitation, health-care services, lighting, or security -- all of which leads to the increased vulnerability of women and girls. If passed, this resolution would do the following: 1. Express U.S. commitment to partner with the Haitian government to end all forms of gender-based violence in Haiti2. Encourage the administration work with the Haitian government to implement the recommendations from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 3. Reinforce the efforts of the Haitian government as it contemplates comprehensive legislative reforms aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls, including gender-protection trainings for public officials
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