Crisis in Haiti

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010, UN Women seeks to rebuild women’s shelters, expand the provision of urgently needed services, and protect women and their communities, and is requesting US$7 million for this work.

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Currently, the UN Women team in Haiti is working alongside NGO partners to strengthen services to victims of gender-based violence and their families in women’s centres and temporary shelters in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel.

Building on the foundation of UN Women programming in Haiti around gender-responsive governance, economic security and advancing women’s rights, the funds raised will be channelled towards urgent humanitarian and early recovery efforts, which will include:

  • Assistance for victims and survivors during the immediate aftermath and early recovery stages;
  • Strengthening government capacity to ensure transparent and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance to people living in temporary camps;
  • Efforts to prevent escalation of gender-based violence;
  • Boosting capacity of NGOs to deliver services and support women who are victims of violence; and
  • In the early recovery stage, efforts to meet women’s economic livelihood needs through strengthening new livelihood/entrepreneurial skills linked to market access.

Please visit this page often for updates on UN Women’s work in Haiti.

Flash Appeal Update

On 18 February the United Nations launched the largest ever appeal for natural disaster, calling for nearly US$1.5 billion for Haiti. read more