February 7, 2013–New York, NY– Today, MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are launching a petition to raise international support for a ground-breaking push to address violence against women in Haiti.
Haiti's government is now considering a legal reform measure that would be a landmark in efforts to address violence against women and provide a model for nations striving to stop rape. Crucially, it prohibits and punishes all sexual assault, including marital rape.
Today's petition launched by MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict echoes the call of Haitian women's rights activists, who have spent years leading an on-the-ground effort to promote passage of the legal reform.
The launch of this petition follows on the heels of a workshop in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to raise awareness and rally support for the passage of the legal reform by the Haitian Parliament this spring.
The workshop served as a forum for knowledge-exchange with international and local experts. Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, was a featured panelist.
Passage of this legal reform would represent a huge step forward for gender equality in Haiti. Click here to read the text of the petition.
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Yifat Susskind, MADRE Executive Director, works with women's human rights activists from Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, creating programs to address violence against women, economic development, climate change, armed conflict and more.
MADRE works in partnership with grassroots women's groups to secure rights, resources and results for women worldwide. To learn more, please visit us at madre.org.
The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence is led by the Nobel Peace Laureates of the Nobel Women's Initiative and an Advisory Committee comprised of 25 organizations working at the international, regional, and community levels to stop rape.
Since its launch in May 2012, more than 600 organizations have joined. The Campaign demands urgent and bold political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and calls for justice for all–including effective prosecution of those responsible. To learn more, please visit us at www.stoprapeinconflict.org.