In commemoration of the 16 Days against Gender-Based Violence campaign, MADRE spoke with Eramithe Delva, the co-founder of MADRE’s Haitian sister organization KOFAVIV. Watch the video below to hear her speak about why November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the 16 days, is important to the women of KOFAVIV and what she and the organization as a whole are doing to prevent gender-based violence in Haiti:
From the myMADRE Blog
In the center of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, women are taking a stand. Today and for the next three days, our sister organization, KOFAVIV, is mobilizing an intensive new campaign to raise awareness and spark action to end violence against women.
It’s all in preparation for this Friday: the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On this day, in Haiti and around the world, we shine a light on the violence women and girls face every day. And we honor women’s invaluable work to combat that violence.
KOFAVIV’s mission has always been to end violence against Haitian women and girls. After the earthquake, as sexual violence surged in the camps, their work became all the more crucial.
Today, at the KOFAVIV Women’s Center, they are holding a photo exhibition depicting life in the camps. They have invited representatives from other local women’s organizations, UN agencies and local authorities.
Tomorrow, they will bring together women from grassroots groups and from national and international organizations. These women will have the opportunity to network together and share their strategies for confronting violence.
And on Friday, KOFAVIV will hold a large rally in Champs-de-Mars, the site of the city’s largest displacement camp. Together, they will speak out with one voice: sexual violence must end.
Click here to view a timeline of accomplishments of MADRE’s work with KOFAVIV in Haiti.
And click on the following link to listen to KOFAVIV’s radio spot calling women to action in their fight against sexual violence: KOFAVIV Radio Spot
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