Project profile — Reducing Violence Against Women in Politics in Haiti

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Reducing Violence Against Women in Politics in Haiti - Overview
UN Women (XM-DAC-41146)
2017-03-23 - 2022-06-30
Country / region • Haiti (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (100.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (principal objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


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 2022 include: (1)created a working group to promote women’s leadership and prevent political and election-related violence; (2) trained 272 potential women election candidates on political leadership; (3) held four round tables on political and election-related violence against women; (4) 10 women’s organizations took part in the election-related violence oversight structure; (5) held two training sessions on women’s political rights and the impact of violence resulting from sexist remarks; (6) held a national awareness campaign in the media and on social networks (themes included derogatory language used against women and developed and planned positive masculinity); (7) planned a study on the challenges and strategies for women’s full political participation; (8) adapted a training manual on women’s political leadership to the Haitian context; (9) translated an information booklet for women election candidates into Creole; and (10) developed a mentorship guide for candidates and mentors.



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