Project profile — Reducing Violence Against Women in Politics in Haiti


UN Women (41146)
2017-03-23 - 2022-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Haiti (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This initiative aims to reduce violence against women during the elections in Haiti. The goal is to overcome the lack of representation of women in Parliament and promote their political empowerment so that they can take part in the decisions that affect the country’s development and stability. Gender-based electoral violence is considered a primary obstacle to women holding leadership positions and their full participation in the electoral process in Haiti. To bring about structural and behavioural changes, the United Nations Women initiative proposes an approach focused on three areas: (1) a legal framework on violence against women during the elections; (2) governance for the principal institutions involved in the election process (the Provisional Electoral Council, the Haitian National Police; Justice; the political parties); (3) the macho attitudes and sexist and aggressive language against women during elections.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) the legal framework is strengthened and adjustments are made which include specific measures to combat violence against women during elections; (2) women are more empowered when confronted with violence during elections; (3) women are increasingly perceived by institutions and the population as being as effective and legitimate political leaders as men, which creates a more inclusive system of governance.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) the creation of a working group to promote women’s leadership and prevent election related political violence; (2) the training of 200 potential women election candidates on political leadership; (3) the development of a mentorship program with the participation of 77 potential women election candidates and 15 mentors; (4) the organization of 5 forums, seminars and roundtables on election related violence against women; (5) the participation of 11 women’s groups and platforms in the election related violence oversight structure, representing over 740 member organizations that include more than 250,000 women across Haiti’s 10 departments; (6) the organization of 6 training sessions on women’s political rights and the impact of violence resulting from sexist remarks; (7) the organization of 2 national awareness campaigns in the media and on social networks (themes included derogatory language used against women and positive masculinity); (8) the development of 6 awareness-raising tools on violence against women during electoral processes; (9) the completion of a study on the challenges and strategies relating to women’s full political participation; (10) the completion of a study on discriminatory laws in Haiti; (11) collaboration on a study on sexism in politics in Haiti and resistance strategies; (12) the adaptation of a training manual on women’s political leadership to the Haitian context; (13) the translation into Creole of an information booklet for women election candidates; and (14) the development of a mentorship guide for women election candidates and mentors.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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