From a cultural standpoint:
In the United States, the rights of women compared to the rights of men didnt come as naturally. Its only years later that they were granted rights that were somewhat to men. But, this inequality still continues in other other forms and even in other countries such as Haiti. The United States as well as Haiti has garnered amendments to protect the rights of women but great obstacles still stand. The greatest one of all is education. education is knowledge and knowledge breathes freedom.Knowledge is power. Humans have this innate curiosity that drives them to learn and want to have the best lifestyle possible. Women are the sole caretaker of the household and the children. Sometimes the women are unable to send their children to school, or are able to afford very few to attend. Poverty has been developing over time due to many factors. Verner and Heinemann from the World Bank Group says that there are three main components to conflict poverty traps: demographic and socioeconomic factors at the individual and household levels, the capacity of the state to provide public goods, including security and the rule of law; and the agendas and strategies of political actors in facing these challenges (2006).
Women in Haiti similar to women in other countries are limited when it comes to education. furthermore, The education in Haiti is a privatized institution due to a lack in government funding schools have resorted to functioning privately. This may affect the information that are being taught to the students, specifcally, women. whats being taught may lack some of the foundational topics offered in the education system in the United States. This may leave some women in Haiti with beneficial information women. Haiti’s third world country status also means that there are women who cant go to school because of a lack of money. Although, private benefactors and institution have sought to fix that issue, there is still a lack in funding.
For most Haitians, education is the key strategy for alleviating poverty; it is also associated with the reduction of inequalities. Improvements in educational achievement indirectly mitigate the risks of crime and conflict by enhancing opportunities. Increasing investments in education will diminish crime over the longer term (Verner, 2006).
In a culture where women are seemed as second class citizens, and home makers, it may seem pointless for most women to attend school other than some women being taught at early age to go to school to find a suitable husband that give them a home and family. And young men tend to take advantage of them especially after the 2010 earthquake (Gabriel, 2016) women are raped and treated badly.
A lack of education is sometimes a result of poverty. Similarly, a lack of education in health can result in high maternal mortality rates. If women of Haiti were properly informed of proper health care that may lessen the rate. Teaching women about their bodies and reactions of what they put into their bodies could also affect their overall health. As people in underdeveloped counties such as Haiti typically have low life expectancies (UNICEF, 2010). Since women are primary caretakers of the home, in oder to buy and provide for their home, they need to be involved in the labor force, in turn that helps the economy flourish.
Education has become more of a privilege than a right in Haiti (Richardson, 2014). Public health wise, education will lessen poverty and women health issues.
Gabriel, N. C., Sloand, E., Gary, F., Hassan, M., Bertrand, D. R., & Campbell, J. (2016). “The women, they maltreat them… therefore, we cannot assure that the future society will be good”: Male perspectives on gender-based violence: A focus group study with young men in Haiti. Health Care For Women International, 37(7), 773-789. doi:10.1080/07399332.2015.1089875
Verner, D., & Heinemann, A. (2006). Social resilience and state fragility in Haiti: Breaking the conflict-poverty trap.