'Post Quake: Sexual Violence Against Haitian Women and Girls.'
In December, 2010, Susan Hall will travel to Haiti with human rights attorney Jayne Fleming and a team of five legal volunteers. Hall will photograph in
Port-au-Prince where hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors continue to live in crowded tent camps. The project will focus on the post-quake crisis of sexual violence against Haitian women and girls, in an environment where physical security and the rule of law are largely absent and prosecution of and conviction for rape remain almost unheard of.
Each of the thirty four women will tell her story and portraits will accompany the stories. The portraits will be made in a way that protects the women's privacy and identity.
"The women are motivated to tell their stories because they have suffered violence and injustice and speaking out is a way of fighting back, raising awareness about their suffering, and demanding protection, " says Fleming.
Photographs will be used for advocacy and educational purposes. They will be displayed on a website and in gallery exhibitions. Usage will be determined by the women with proper legal consent.
Additionally, Hall will photograph tent camps, hospitals, clinics and Haitian women's organizations FAVILEK (Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) and KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim) which was formed in late 2004 by a group of women from poor neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince who were raped during the 1991-94 military dictatorship.
Hall is raising funds for;
airfare from San Francisco to Haiti; $615.80
Kodak Portra VC film; $151.85
film processing and scanning of negatives to CD’s; to be determined.
For additional information on sexual violence against Haitian women and girls please see photo essay; Brendan Hoffman: Eyes on Haiti’s Rapes
Questions to consider:
What is the role of the 'blue helmets', a 12000-strong UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSTAH) based in Haiti? Who is responsible for providing policing and tent camp security?
Poor or nonexistent lighting, unlockable latrines, adjacent men’s and women’s showers and inadequate or non-existent policing and security are contributing factors to the sexual violence. Relief Webs list of all commitments/contributions and pledges as of 19 November 2010, indicates total contributions of $3,434,880,090 billion USD. How much of this money has been distributed? How much has been allocated for policing and tent camp security?
full length version of Jayne Fleming's video: 'Human rights lawyer fights sexual violence in Haiti', interview and video courtesy of Tim Large.
audio clip courtesy of selektor / CC BY-NC 3.0
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