An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 300,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy. Widespread deforestation in Haiti has exacerbated the risk of floods and droughts, which have become more frequent and violent as a result of climate change.
Domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women are common in Haiti. Women in Haiti face higher rates of unemployment, are more likely to have poor health, and are less likely to own land or hold political of office than men. However, in 2015 Haiti’s parliament passed an amendment to ensure that at least 30% of all political representatives are women.
Supporting women to lead during emergencies
Nadège is a woman leader running one of ActionAid's community centres. She believes that women should take leadership roles during emergencies, as it can help prevent violence against women and stop women being side-lined in the distribution of emergency supplies.
During ActionAid's response to Hurricane Matthew she helped with distributions, while also training young people to be deployed where their help was needed.Learn more about our emergency response to Hurricane Matthew
Tackling violence against women
"Before, every man beat his wife. It was normal. But now - nobody." Johanne Moïse, 28, is a leader of woman's group supported by ActionAid, through our local partner.
In the last ten years she has led multiple training sessions on women's rights with men and women, as well as sustainable agriculture and business skills, with incredible results.
Johanne said: "We have a programme called 'Solidarité'. So if one member of the group has a problem, it is a shared problem, and we all help to solve it.
"We realised that we needed to train men first to understand why training for the women is so important. We tell them that women are the engine of life; that we do not deserve violence. Now they really understand and they stand by their wives to support our programme.
"We are so proud. We made this happen. To convince the men was so difficult. But we changed the way they see us. ActionAid and KPGA (ActionAid's local partner) have been a lifeline for us."Read more about ending violence against women
Supporting women cooperatives
Jacqueline is a member of an ActionAid-supported cooperative in the Central Plateau region of Haiti.
Together the women grow and process agricultural produce into products they can sell on the local market, including peanut butter and cassava cakes.
Actionaid works with the cooperative to help women increase their income-earning options and develop economic independence.Donate to support our work