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A woman wears a T-shirt that reads "Women must be included" during a Haiti IOS event on women's day on Mar. 8, 2023. Photo by Marvens Compère for The Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE — For some women, it’s wondering whether to go to work or attend an event with gangs so active all around Haiti’s capital. For others, it’s deciding not to go to the market to sell because the chances of being sexually assaulted by gangs are very high. For others still, it’s keeping their children or themselves from going to school.

 “Cases of violence against women and girls are increasing more and more, especially with the rise of gangs,” said Christela Casimir, Representative of the Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission, speaking at a Mar. 8 gathering to draw attention to women’s plight. 


Multiple events held across Haiti’s raise awareness about dangers impacting women.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.