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Putting Girls’ Education First

Girls’ education is one of the most powerful things that any nation can invest in, because it creates large and lasting social and economic benefits. Girls who are well-educated go on to lead more empowered, prosper...

How Increased Access to Family Planning Can Help Haiti

During the 1970s and 1980s, a successful family planning program with strong private and public sector support helped contribute to a decline in Haiti’s fertility rate.

Could Paternity Leave Help Women Earn More?

In Haiti, as in most nations, social distortions and inequalities make it harder for women to participate in the labor market as much as men.

    Gender and Equality

    Haiti’s Constitution protects women from workplace discrimination as well as physical and sexual abuse, and guarantees the right to political participation. However, political instability, poverty and crime can contribute to gender-based violence and discrimination against Haitian women and girls.

    Women can face exclusion and harassment in public and private life, including higher rates of unemployment, and poor health outcomes.

    One approach is to focus on reducing domestic violence, and another is to provide greater access to family planning.

    It is also possible to invest in efforts to improve workforce equality between men and women.

    Girls’ education is often seen as one of the most powerful investments that a nation can make, because it creates huge and lasting social and economic benefits. Girls who are well-educated go on to lead more empowered, prosperous lives.

    Continue to check back for future research releases related to Gender and Equality.

    Cost-Benefit Analysis: Improving Girl's Retention in School

    Written by Mélissa Torchenaud Economist and Project Analyst, Public Investment Office, Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation. The research shows that scholarship or financial assistance programs can increase the enrollment of girls in primary and secondary schools.

    Costs and Benefits of Expanding Sexual Reproductive Health Services in Haiti

    The research studies the benefits and costs of investing in family planning programs. Besides reducing fertility and maternal and child mortality, this is likely to result in higher levels of female education, improvements in women’s general health, increases in female labor force participation and earnings, and increased child health.

    Domestic Violence in Haiti

    Research by Dr. Anke Hoeffler from Oxford University’s CSAE studies the costs and effects of investments to reduce domestic violence.

    Human Rights in the Labor Market

    Written by by Mélissa Torchenaud, project analyst in the Department of Public Investment of the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation. Dr. Torchenaud studies the use of a paternity leave scheme to pose a curb on the almost certain interruption of women's careers after a birth, and introduce more women to the workforce.