Academic Lecture Series: Slipping through the Cracks: Invisible Girls in Haiti
This presentation considers the lives of adolescent Haitian girls in the context of social, familial, and economic structures that perpetuate gender inequality and violence.
A 2010 earthquake tore apart the fabric of Haitians’ everyday lives. The devastation touched everyone in this small country, but those who remain most affected and often invisible, are adolescent girls. Existing statistics indicate an increase in the number of rapes, as well as pregnancies resulting from rape. A growing percentage of pregnant girls also report engaging in survival sex, primarily for shelter and food. It is estimated that only10% of sexually abused young women have received any medical, mental health, legal or protective services. The Haiti Adolescent Girls Network seeks to support these most vulnerable girls and help break the cycle of poverty and violence. The Network trains local mentors and offers trainings and support to organizations working in or interested in working in girl centered programming.