CNN reports on the death of three founders of Haiti’s most important organisations working on behalf of women and girls.
Myriam Merlet an author, had been Chief of Staff of the Haitian Ministry of Women and was an outspoken feminist who helped draw international attention to the use of rape as a political weapon reports Democracy Now!
Magalie Marcelin was a lawyer and actress who established Kay Fanm, a women’s rights organisation set up to tackle domestic violence, offering shelter and microcredits, or loans to women.
Anne Marie Coriolan was a top adviser to the women’s rights ministry and founder of Solidarite Fanm Ayisyen.
Carolle Charles chair of Dwa Fanm, is quoted by CNN saying that the three women were instrumental in challenging attitudes towards rape, which before 2005 was considered no more than a “crime of passion”.