Haitian women's rights activist Malya Villard-Appolon has been named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 - now it is our job to vote!
Villard-Appolon has for years worked to provide support to survivors of sexual violence in Haiti. In 2010, her work became even more vital when the devastating earthquake triggered massive displacement. Women were left increasingly vulnerable and sexual violence increased.
A survivor of sexual violence herself, Villard-Appolon founded KOFAVIV in 2004. The organization works to meet the immediate needs of rape survivors in camps and develops community-based anti-violence strategies to increase women's human rights. KOFAVIV has supported more than 4,200 rape survivors in Haiti, helping them find safety, psychological support and legal aid. Alongside Villard-Appolon and KOFAVIV, Haitian women are now advocating at the national and international level to stop violations of women's human rights.
Stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence in Haiti - you can vote for Malya at CNN Heroes up to 10 times per day for each of your email addresses. Share with your friends and help Malya and KOFAVIV receive $250,000 for their life-saving work to protect and empower rape survivors in Haiti.