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This is the corner where we attempt to address the current issues of the Haitian families. This section covers relationship, abuse, and any issue affecting the Haitian family

The feminism movement in Haiti

The feminism movement in Haiti had its start among the ladies of the elite class. In 1934, a group from the upper class, wishing to be a part of the shaping of Haiti's future, aligned following the end of the occupation by the United States. They would call themselves LFAS, or the Ligue Feministe d'Action Sociale.

The main focus of the group, which was led by Madeleine Sylvain Bouchereau, and Alice Garoute, was to promote gender equality, and they argued that Haiti's future would be dependent on this crucial element of women's right to vote, access to civil rights, and education. As was the case in most countries at that time, men were considered superior, by both genders, and so, despite zealous efforts on the part of the LFAS, it wasn't until 1946 that their voices became heard, and yet again, not until a few years later that their labor would bear fruit.

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Women in Haiti suffer from an epidemic of domestic and sexual violence

As far back as 1996, Haitian women, at the rate of 70%, have admitted to suffering some form of violence. Whether domestic violence or sexual abuse, Haiti's women are prone to abuse not just from spouses and loved ones, but also from authority figures, as in the cases found in IDP camps. But while the women are vocal about their struggles with abuse, men are largely unwilling to admit to inflicting this kind of suffering, so the numbers are decidedly unbalanced. Furthering the awesomeness of the reality, the men in this initial study were of the opinion that, at times, domestic violence or assault and battery was necessary and justifiable.

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The Hague Adoption Convention Took Effect in Haiti

Adoption is an act of creating "parent--child relationship" between individuals who are not naturally so related. The common law states that the adopted child must be given the rights, privileges, and duties of a child and heir by the adoptive family. Every state has sole authority to determine who may become an adoptive parent. As per Hague Adoption Convention term, with effect from April 1, 2014, the new Haitian rule protects Haitian adopted children. The new rule states that a prospective parent has to adopt child only from social welfare agencies certified by the Haitian government. The prospective parents will be required to show that they are capable to raise children born in other countries. Further, the adopting couples must have been married for a minimum period of five years of whom one of the spouses must be at least 30 years of age. A single person looking for adopted child, must be 35 years of age. A recent UNICEF report reveals that nearly 2,000 children were smuggled out of Haiti in 2009 alone.

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Haitian Government might just use "Public Utility" to steal property

Since last Sunday, the Haitian Government has been busy with its demolition crew in the streets of Port-au-prince. A large area of the Capital has been declared of "public utility". In another way, the Haitian government will take possession of your land and building if it was located in the designated area and you will be compensated based on a rate set by the government itself.

According to a plan reveloped immediately after the 2010 earthquake, the Haitian government would transform a specific area in downtown Port-au-Prince into a beautiful and attractive location. It is expected to become a one stop shop or in this one location, the people will be able to receive their government services and participate in some recreational activities, such as going to a movies or restaurant. The government is even looking at major Hotels to come and build in the area. There will be many stores for the shopping public as well.

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Haitian Government Supports National Family Planning Initiative

Although more young Haitian women are using birth control to manage the size of their families, much remains to be done to further lower the national birth rate. In response to bringing pregnancies and births in line with the rate of two children per family, the Ministry of Public Health and Population has inaugurated a country-wide Family Planning (FP) campaign. An integrated approach by a FP Committee will administer the program. Consisting of three stages: a preparatory stage, launch stage, and a put-into-effect stage, the duration of the FP program will run six months, at a cost of three million USD.

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How the housing problem in Haiti can be solved

Housing in Haiti was already a problem even before the 2010 earthquake. After it, the level of poverty, and consequently the lack of sufficient, decent housing, was worsened. While the sub-standard buildings that had been erected before, without adherence to building codes and earthquake and hurricane resistance, were not the ideal, it can be debated that they were still better than the current broken-down structures and tarpaulin tents that many Haitians now call home. Their inadequacy becomes clear every time it rains.

New ideas in home building are coming out of the woodwork in a worldwide attempt to help eradicate homelessness in poorer countries and the world at large. Of the brilliant new ideas is the possibility of houses made from plastic bottles, shipping containers, and mixed materials such as clay, sand and straw.

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Modern Toilets to Raise Quality of Life for Haitians

The Haitian government has decided to abandon subsidization of toilet construction, in favor of more cost-effective and sustainable toilets that can be built by homeowners themselves. The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) has been directing research into social and cultural use of toilets; however they are defined within Haitian culture.

Before toilet projects can begin, an understanding of how Haitian households view urination and defecation activities must occur. In the countryside, defecating in a field is an acceptable practice. Residents in these areas hate pit latrines because they smell and despoil the land. Educating them to change their habits will not happen overnight.

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Haitian Father can no longer come home for beating problem son

A Haitian pastor in Port Chester though that he was doing what he needed to do to prevent his son from becoming a delinquent and likely a criminal or a problem to society found himself in jail for just that. Pastor Precie Guerrier was in court on December 18, 2013, facing charges for beating his 12 year old son because the son was behaving badly in school.

Mezanmi koze pa pou ou. Eske nou tande problem? Yon pastè Aysyen ki touve li ape reponn kestion lajistis paske li ape eseye korije yon ti moun li ki ape bay problem lekol. Eske li tap pi bon si ke paran ti gacon sa te kite li ak komporman sa olye ke li eseye fosse li change li? Eske se pa minm problem sa yo ke anpil paran ayisyen trouve yo lè ke ti moun yo decide pou yo bay problem?

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Hague Convention Demands Compliance with International Adoption Policies

Evangelicals have been urging foreign adoption of Haitian children, following 2010's earthquake, which left hundreds of children voluntarily surrendered by their parents.

Christian-affiliated Orphan Sunday, held for the fifth year, has been created to raise awareness of children, who need loving, stable homes. The event is also a learning opportunity to let foreign adopters know they must adhere to adoption laws, to reduce international child trafficking.

Countries, such as Russia, have tightened their adoption laws, to make it more difficult for foreigners to adopt children. The change in adoption laws is a response to obsessive Christian do-gooders, who have been getting children adopted in defiance of adoption laws.

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Rocco, Madonna's son in Haiti - Ti moun san Pantalon: Why?

Here is a picture of Rocco, Madonna's son in Haiti with a group of deprived children. In this particular picture, he is sharing a candid pictures as he is taking a group of children to something that looks to be one of the their charity work. Eske Li reellman necesè pou yo montre ti moun yo san pantalon?

Mon cher, mwen kapab di-ou, si pou yon moun kompran ke pou li fè moin Kado yon bagay, fok li himilye-m, mwen pa bezoin li.

I think that for a boy like Rocco, the son of a multi Million dollar artist to be thinking about poor, deprived children from a poor country such as Haiti, it is to be commended. However, my question stands: Why the humiliation, why can't you give me something why giving me all the respects I deserve.

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