Women's Rights in Haiti

Post-graduation update: Erin graduated with distinction from the Department of Political Science in May 2011. Her thesis won an Alona E. Evans Prize in International Law. She's starting a Master's degree at the Duke Divinity School in Fall 2011.

Governments. NGOs. Intellectuals. Lobbyists. The cast of characters involved in the Haitian recovery is diverse and vast. But as Duke senior and political science major Erin Cloninger watched the relief efforts unfold, she was startled to see just how disconnected the major players in the recovery really were. What could be done, she wondered, to get the public, academia, and the nonprofit sector on the same page to do effective work in Haiti? As both an intern for a Haiti-focused NGO and a student at a private university, Cloninger had long straddled the line between policy and academia, and she knew she was uniquely positioned to draw those worlds together. So this fall, through the Haiti Lab’s “Rebuilding Women’s Rights in Haiti” independent study, she set out to do just that, by creating a website that tracked and explained U.S. policy decisions relating to Haitian women.

This article by Ryan Brown appeared in the Franklin Humanities Institute Blog.

Read Erin Cloninger's Story in the FHI Blog...