Haitian women still waiting for child support law

Children|Divorce|News|July 15th 2013

Port au Prince HaitiHaitian women’s rights activists have called on the government to push forward with a law requiring chid support payments by estranged fathers.

A child maintenance bill was passed by both houses of the Caribbean island’s parliament more than a year ago but it has still to be made law.

Olga Benoit is Program Coordinator for women’s rights group Solidarité Fanm Ayisyen (SOFA) – Haitian Women in Solidarity. She told the Haitian Sentinel:

“The law was voted in the Chamber of Deputies [lower house] on May 10, 2010 and in the Senate [the upper house], April 12, 2012, so now we can’t understand that up until now this law remains in the drawers of the Executive, although we know that every law voted in the country is in response to a necessity.”

A number of other draft laws protecting women’s rights have also stalled after parliament voted in favour, said Benoit. According the report, many Haitian women face “difficult circumstances” in “a country which does not support them”.

Photo of Haitian capital Port au Prince by MichelleWalz via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence 

Author: Stowe Family Law

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