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A Call To End Sexual Violence In Haiti

Last fall, MADRE along with the International Women's Human Rights Clinic at CUNY Law School, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Center for Constitutional Rights, Women's Link Worldwide, KOFAVIV, FAVILEK, and KONAMAVID submitted a petition to a regional human rights judicial system, calling for immediate action to protect women and girls facing sexual violence in Haiti's displacement camps.

This petition included the demands of Haitian women for medical and psychological care for rape survivors, increased security and lighting in the camps, and meaningful participation by grassroots women's groups in decisions about combating sexual violence in the camps where they reside.

These demands, which the Commission endorsed in a ground-breaking decision in December 2010, offer a blueprint for responding to disaster in ways that protect women and girls against violence.

The following is an open letter demanding that these urgent steps be implemented by the Haitian government and with the support of the international community.

Sign this letter, and add your name to the growing call for justice for Haitian women and girls.

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