Women & Children

Gang Rape of Teen Girl In Haiti Highlights Need For Solutions to Gender-Based Violence
Opinion, Women & Children

Gang Rape of Teen Girl In Haiti Highlights Need For Solutions to Gender-Based Violence

The reporting of sexual violence to the police in Haiti remains a very difficult and convoluted process. Thus, it contributes to countless cases being under-reported. The Overseas Security Advisory Council indicate that sexual crimes in Haiti have become a major problem and crime statistics are woefully under documented by the Haitian National Police.

We Must Respond To Young Women of Color
Opinion, Women & Children

We Must Respond To Young Women of Color

By New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

The future of our City depends on the success of young people today. But instead of being able to focus on their aspirations, many girls and women, particularly those of color, are battling challenges rooted in gender, sex and race discrimination. Poverty, sexual violence and poor health outcomes stand squarely in the way of their success. For young women from immigrant families, these challenges are complicated by immigration status and language barriers. This has to change.

Ensuring a piece of the pie: Strengthening women economic opportunity in Haiti
Haiti, Women & Children

Ensuring a piece of the pie: Strengthening women economic opportunity in Haiti

By Vania Andre

Twenty-eight year old Vionise Fortuna used to make her living selling paper napkins and plastic cups to merchants near the Haitian-Dominican border. With little training and skills on hand to leverage, finding a secure job, in a male-dominated country with high rates of unemployment seemed impossible. However, one day her luck would change after being recommended to a program for vocational training for women in Haiti.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Talks With The Haitian Times About ‘Young Women’s Initiative’
News, Women & Children

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Talks With The Haitian Times About ‘Young Women’s Initiative’

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined The Haitian Times through a conference call earlier this month to talk about the launching of the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI)—a group she says will counter racial and gender inequality for women and girls, between the ages of 14 through 24.

Although the Initiative is looking at young women in general, Mark-Viverito, who is co-chairs the coalition, is aware of the common disparities girls and young women of color face. She admits they are “recognizing a problem” and are focusing on issues that have not been looked at “deeply.”

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