UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP) Bureau du PNUD
MINUSTAH, Log Base (Zone 5)
Blvd Toussaint Louverture & Clercine 18
Port au Prince, Haiti (W.I.)
JOINT SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM FORMULATION EXPERT
BACKGROUNDViolence against women and girls represents a global challenge for the achievement of the SDG in the world including in Haiti. This violence prevents women and girls from fulfilling their potential and constitutes a violation of human rights that cuts across boundaries of economic status, culture, religion, age and sexual orientation.In Haiti, Twenty-nine percent (29%) of women and girls aged 15-49 years have been physically abused since the age of 15. Among non-single women/girls, this violence was perpetrated in 45% of cases by the current husband / partner.One in eight women (12%) reported experiencing sexual violence at some point in their lives; in the last twelve months, this percentage is 5%. Women living in unions or having recently separated from their partner are almost two times more likely to experience physical or sexual violence than single women. While GBV disproportionally affects women and girls, it also affects men and boys. Domestic violence prevalence rate ranges from 23% to 42%.This underlines the fact that physical and sexual violence against women in Haiti takes place first in the domestic sphere, often behind closed doors, and where other family members including children may be present and affected.This violence is rooted in the system of patriarchal domination that perpetuate discriminatory gender stereotypes about women and encourage control of women and girls.Several factors are worsening the situation, including: i) the lack of specific legal framework; ii) the limited access to care and protection services; iii) the lack of women's economic empowerment opportunities and their inability to break the cycle of violence; iv) national institutions and CSOs' insufficient funding and capacities for the implementation of national policies and strategies aiming at ending violence againstwomen and girls .In this context, Haiti has been selected to be part of EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Spotlight program. This program aims to support tran...