Education  Haiti Project #38871

Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

by Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc (FAHM)
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

Educating Haiti’s Youth

Haiti has a population of approximately 11 million people, and Haiti’s youth, those 25 years old or younger, make up more than half of that population.

Gender-based Violence (GBV) is a complex, multifaceted issue. The failure to globally implement comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) puts all people at increased risk of violence. GBV occurs among people of all genders, although GBV disproportionately affects women and girls. In order to take steps towards dismantling and eradicating GBV, all genders must be included in the conversation.  

Bodily autonomy is a human right. It includes being given the critical information required to protect and understand our bodies and rights. Midwives aim to make resources and services more readily available and accessible, and increase community awareness of gender-based violence as a public health issue and violation of human rights. Haitian midwives are in the optimal position to provide accurate and culturally appropriate education on sexual and reproductive health and on GBV to Haiti's youth.

To that end, your support is enabling Haitian midwives to provide comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). CSE is developmentally and culturally relevant, science-based, medically accurate information on a wide range of topics, including human development, gender identity, sexual behaviors, communication skills, empathy, and mutual respect. It encompasses identity development, gender equity, building healthy relationships, and violence prevention.

Your support helps equip Haitian youth with the necessary knowledge and life skills to develop healthy self-identities, challenge societal norms, prevent GBV, and ultimately, lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. It’s way more than just teaching young people how to have safer sex. It helps dismantle systems of power, oppression, and misinformation that allow for sexual and reproductive health and rights injustices to even exist.

Continuity of care and services are of utmost importance in influencing positive growth and development. So far this year, your support has helped develop and implement on-going monthly group education and activities for 106 youth, as well as helped to educate 115 high school seniors from four different schools. 

Here is what Sandra, a 15-year-old participant, had to say after attending an educational field trip to Fort Liberté (Fort-Liberté [Kreyòl: Fòlibète] is the administrative capital of the North-East Department of Haiti. It is the oldest city in the country. Haiti's independence was proclaimed here on November 29, 1803):

“In school we learn about slavery and how we got our independence, but today I truly understand what it really means to have freedom and be able to enjoy basic human rights like body autonomy. My voice matters and just as I need to respect others, I, too, deserve respect.”

Please help us to continue to enable Haiti’s youth to claim their right to their own bodily autonomy which can ultimately play a role in preventing sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. Your support enables midwives to teach Haiti’s youth the skills needed to develop healthy relationships and to prevent and not perpetrate (and perpetuate) violence.

Please consider a one-time donation or becoming a FAHM IMPACT PARTNER (monthly donor). Your strong and steady monthly support will empower Midwives in doing what they do best: keeping sexual and reproductive health services safe, respectful and accessible.

Investing in midwives means investing in a stronger and equitable today and tomorrow. Together we can make an impactful difference.

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International Women's Day is celebrated each year on March 8th. 

Theme: International Women’s Day: “#BreakTheBias. Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow recognizes and celebrates the contribution of women and girls around the world who are working to change the climate of gender equality and build a sustainable future.

Breaking stereotypes, building self esteem, opening doors to a life of possibilities starts with our youth.

Thank you Grace Community Birth Center for your partnership and hosting 80 youth for a day full of celebration and learning about gender equity and building a sustainable future through interactive activities (music, poetry, dance, plays). Each participant was given a citrus tree plant, from Jardin Verdure Pepiniere, to take home and care for. They learned about the impact of agriculture on climate change, and the nutritional benefits of citrus. This is part of an ongoing pilot project with New York University's first ever Global Doctoral of Nursing Practice studying Positive Youth Development.

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Join us in calling for equal pay, equal economic opportunity, equal legal rights, reproductive rights, and the prevention of violence against women and girls.

Please consider a one-time donation or becoming a FAHM IMPACT PARTNER (monthly donor). Your strong and steady monthly support will empower Midwives in doing what they do best: keeping birth and reproductive services safe, respectful and accessible and #BreakTheBias.  

Investing in midwives means investing in women and girls for a stronger and equitable today and tomorrow.



 

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FAHM's goal is to improve clinical knowledge, make resources and services more readily available and accessible, and increase community awareness of Gender-Based Violence as a public health problem and violation of human rights.

This holiday season give the gift of health. YOU can help save lives. Join FAHM in promoting equitable, accessible midwifery care in Haiti. Help Haitian midwives in their efforts to combat Gender-Based Violence and create a more equitable, safe and healthy world.

Here are ways you can help:

Please consider a one-time donation or becoming a monthly donor.Your strong and steady monthly support will empower midwives in doing what they do best: keeping birth and reproductive services safe, respectful and accessible. Your generous and reliable monthly gifts will enable us to both plan for the long term and quickly respond when unexpected crises arise.

Please spread the word to your family, friends and on your social media networks about FAHM and help us promote our mission. Follow us on facebook and Instagram(@forhaitianmidwives): tag, share, like!

We are forever grateful for your steadfast dedication and support.

 Wishing you and your loved ones a very safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

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Greetings,

Hope this finds you and your loved ones well.

November is a busy month. It is a time of reflection and mindfulness. It is a time for gratitude and activism. Important dates to note:

November 25- International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 16 days between November 25th and December 10th (Human Rights Day) are known as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The slogan used is “Orange the World.” Orange symbolizing a brighter future free of violence.

November 25- Thanksgiving. It traditionally began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

November 26- National Native American Heritage Day. Native Americans are accorded special honor for their rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions and heritage.

November 30- #GivingTuesday. It is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is touted as a "global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world." It is known as a Global Day of Giving. 

Some alarming stats in Haiti:

1 in 3 women have reported violence from an intimate partner 

29% of women of childbearing age have been victims of physical violence (45% being from their intimate partner)

31% report having been victims of multiple forms of violence (verbal, physical, etc)

FAHM remains committed to enabling Haitian midwives to combat gender-based violence (GBV). This year, thanks to your continued support:

We teamed up with One Billion Rising Ayiti to host a public educational live Zoom/Facebook and Boston radio/TV streaming of our “Man to Man Discussion”: a four-part series on cultural, social, religious, and legal issues surrounding and ending GBV from a male lens perspective.  We were able to reach a wide audience from Haiti, USA, Canada and some African countries.

We hosted an amazing and empowering virtual conference on September 17th and 24th presented by renowned Haitian experts.  Your support enabled midwives and midwifery students across Haiti’s ten departmental regions to receive phone/internet minutes in order to connect and attend the sessions.

These last couple of years have been extremely traumatic and stressful in Haiti. We continue to offer support to those victimized by GBV as well as those needing mental health support. We post resources on our social media where Haitians living in Haiti can make a toll-free call and immediately connect to professional psychological support.  

The holiday season is known as a time of celebration and gratitude. We must also be mindful that for many it can be a time of increased stress, isolation and vulnerability with documented spikes in cases of GBV. FAHM asks for your continued support in spreading the word about the important work of Haiti’s midwives in ending GBV in Haiti. Please spread the word to your networks, friends and family as we enter this season of gratitude and giving.  Let’s “Orange” this world as we look to a brighter future free of violence.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very safe and happy holiday season.

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FAHM has had to switch tracks when it comes to this year's programming plans and respond to the immediate crises as well as its residual effects: COVID pandemic and the August 14th earthquake. We have been able to continue our programs, adapting and adjusting as needed, while providing immediate and long term sustainable support. Sustainable support means that we help equip and empower Haitian Midwives to care for themselves and their communities. We have incorporated a virtual learning platform in order to reach Midwives all across Haiti with the latest, evidence-based research related to gender-based violence (GBV).

The need for sexual, reproductive and gender-based trauma informed care is always present. FAHM is committed to aiding in keeping Haitian Midwives and the families they serve safe and healthy. Since last year we have:

  • provided the Midwives and the families they care for much needed PPE 
  • continued to provide continuing education to Midwives all across Haiti
  • continued our public education and awareness: general health education, sexual & reproductive health, COVID
  • continued midwifery and public education & awareness about gender-based violence 

It’s time for our Fall GBV webinar series.

This Fall we will be hosting a 2-part GBV educational webinar series for Haitian Midwives and midwifery students working and living across Haiti. We will utilize a virtual platform which means that, through your generous support, we can reach a larger audience of midwifery students and Midwives in all 10 of Haiti's geographical regions.

Join this exciting movement and support FAHM's initiatives which empower, aid and support Haitian Midwives as they provide evidence-based, culturally aware, holistic care to women and girls in Haiti. 

Midwives, as first responders and members of their communities, keep birth and reproductive services safe, respectful and accessible no matter what.

Thanks for helping to make a difference. Midwifery care saves lives!

With gratitude,



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Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc (FAHM)

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Martine Jean-Baptiste
New York, NY United States
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