It is with great sadness that Equitas learned of the passing of Charlot Jeudy, Director of Kouraj pou pwoteje dwa moun (Kouraj) in Haiti, an organization that defends and promotes the rights of LGBTI persons in the country, and long standing Equitas partner and friend.
A Remarkable Leader and Human Rights Defender
Charlot’s passing is an immense loss for the human rights movement, both in Haiti and around the world. Charlot had a remarkable, inclusive, and positive leadership. He was the face of the LGBTI community in Haiti and the impact of his work far exceeded this community. He allied himself with many groups, including women living with disabilities, farmers, and many others, because to Charlot, his community is one of human beings and he believed in respect for all. He understood the rights of LGTBI persons as being a part of human rights as a whole, which pushed him to work in collaboration with other civil society organizations in Haiti working on broader human rights issues.
A Long–time Equitas Partner and Friend
Both Charlot and Kouraj have been long-time Equitas partners. Equitas had the opportunity to work with Charlot on the following programs:
- As our principal partner in the Strengthening the movement against homophobia and for the rights of LGBTI people in Haiti
- As a coach in the Citizen Engagement Program in Haiti
Charlot also attended our International Human Rights Training Program in 2013. For the celebration of Equitas 50th anniversary, Charlot was one of the 50 human rights changemakers we highlighted to demonstrate the impact brought about by human rights defenders. Read about his incredible work here.
Equitas offers our deepest condolences to Charlot’s loved ones and to the many people he has positively impacted. He will be greatly missed.