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Police Officer Assigned To the Security of Woman Candidate

On Thursday, August 30, 2015, on a "Workshop for validating the draft Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of the Violence Against Women" the Prime Minister Evans Paul has announced that in a measure to prevent violence against women candidates, the Superior Council of the National Police will depute a police officer for the protection of each woman candidate in the coming legislative election.

The Prime Minister took this opportunity to welcome the partnership of different ministries and international partners involved in the development of this draft law. As of May 29th, females comprise approximately 8% of all candidates in the legislative elections-- only 151 women of the total 1800 candidates. It shows a gap between Haitian political policies and practice because the Haitian constitution requires political parties to meet a 30% quota for female candidates.

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Michel Martelly, a frustrated president now relying on insulting women

At the end of his term in office, President Michel Martelly suddenly feels desperate in regard to his legacy. For all the energies invested for the past five years it appears to him that history might not be kind to him after all. So at this point it appears that our President Michel Martelly can no longer hold his frustration. He is hungry, mad, insane, mentally ill, deranged, demented, sick in the head, crazed. This is the only way to explain his behavior last week as he went further than ever before in his insulting remarks toward the woman he was addressing n the crowd.

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Cervical cancer and breast cancer are leading killers of Haitian women

According to Dr. Jean Ronald Cornelly Director of Oncology Program at the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Haiti cancer is a major health problem in Haiti. Women between the ages of 40 and 50 years have a bigger chance of dying from either cervical cancer and breast cancer than anything else.


Eske nou konnin plis fanm mou ak Kanser ke tout lot bagay an Ayiti. Anpil fanm Ayisyen ki mouri, se pa Djab ki pran yo, se souvan yon kanser ki fini ak moun sa yo.

On 4th February, 2015, Dr. Jean Ronald Cornelly, the Director of Oncology Program at the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) has said that cancer, like globally, is a serious health threat in Haiti that needs immediate attention. Most of the cancer cases in women are cervical and breast cancers and commonly, it becomes life threatening between 40 and 50 years of age. Dr. Jean Cornelly while addressing on the World Cancer Day, has reminded that with cancer, Haiti has one of the highest incidence and mortality rate in the world, because we are not well equipped to diagnose the disease at the early stage and neither have we had structured program nor good treatment for the malady. He cited one recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) which suggests that as per regional statistics on the Latin American and Caribbean zone, Haiti has the highest incidence of this deadly disease. Out of 100,000 cases, 93.2 women suffer from cervical cancer and of that, 53.2 women dies from it. Dr Vincent De Gennaro, the Head of Internal Medicine for the project Medishare, has explained that the reason for such high mortality rate is that 80% of the patients never report until the disease is at an advanced stage.

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Haiti Women Soccer Team pledges money to opposing Trinidad and Tobago Team

Haiti sends Emergency Money to Trinidad/Tobago Soccer Team. Responding to a tweet, Shek Borkowski, coach of Haiti's soccer team, sent the last of the team's money, $1,316, to the Trinidad and Tobago (T and T) National Soccer Team to cover lunch. The tweet said the money the team arrived with was not enough to cover necessities while they were in Dallas for the next few days.

Haiti's magnanimous gesture left the team in a bind, until the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), hearing of the selfless gesture, stepped up to the plate. CGI made a call to Haiti's soccer federation and offered to support, not only Haiti's bid for the CONCACAF championship, but subsidize the women's soccer program for the long haul.

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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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Sexual harassment allegations against Harrison Ernest, RTNH director general

Female Journalists Accuse RTNH Director General of Sexual Harassment. Freedom of the press organization, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), is demanding a comprehensive investigation of allegations made by two female journalists the director general of radio and TV station RTNH continually sexually harassed them, along with five other female employees. In a published letter sent to the Ministry of Culture and Women's Affairs, journalists Deborah Jean and Stephane Eveillard charged the director general with a campaign of sexual harassment targeted at nearly all the women employed by RTNH. The motive for the chronic sexual harassment was rejection by the women of the director general's suggestive comments and advances toward them. When the letter went public, Jean plus three of her colleagues were dismissed on the basis of defamation, insubordination, and smearing the reputation of the director general and the station, which is government-owned.

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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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Women who head households is the poorest group of rural people in Haiti

Greed-Motivated Power Structure Keeps Rural Poor from Fairer Income Distribution

Haiti is a country chronically victimized by food insufficiency and starvation. Lack of access to birth control leads to uncontrolled population growth, and government and social instability plus economic downturns keep poverty rates egregiously high.

Its agriculture sector, one-third of the economy, cannot produce adequate crop yields and livestock to feed the populace. Almost two-thirds of the food necessary to keep people well-fed is imported. 80% of its rice supply is provided mainly by the U.S

The income gap between rich and poor is absurdly wide: 40% of those living below the poverty line get less than 6% of the island's annual income while the top 2% wealthiest keep 26% of the country's income in their pockets. Remittances sent by the Diaspora are essential to the poor whether they are better or worse off.

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Woman of Courage Haiti 2014 awarded to Colette Lespinasse

Haiti's Woman of Courage for 2014 is Ms. Colette Lespinasse. In her role as the Support Group for Returnees and Refugees' (GARR) coordinator, Ms. Lespinasse advocates the rights of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic who have been suffering from various injustices including the recent ruling that stripped many of their citizenship. Lespinasse officially received the honor at a ceremony held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the United States Embassy in Port-au-Prince.

She received the award this year as the successor to 2013's recipient Marie Jossie Étienne. Étienne received the award for her contributions to the role of women in policy in the country as well as her work for decentralization. Lespinasse's honor deals more with the aspect of Haitian migration, certainly a hot topic with the current atmosphere. Both women, and other recipients of the award, are acknowledged not only for the work they do in the present, but for the impact it will have on the future. With GARR, Lespinasse is laying down the groundwork that will form the political and social life of women in the country going forward.

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The main cause of car accident, not what you think

Education and training in the principles of safe driving and in good driving attitudes have tremendously reduced the number of Automobile accident on the road; however the number of people being killed on the road is unacceptable.

Although many people die as a consequence of inexperience, speeding drunk driving, they are not the main reasons.

Others might think that the main reason for car accidents is likely to be one of the following. However I am inviting you not to come to a conclusion until you read the entire article:

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