Last year’s World Humanitarian Summit was a first step towards recognising the central role of women in humanitarian crises.
Women are not only disproportionally affected by humanitarian disasters, with over 75 percent of the 125 million people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide being women and children; they are among the first responders in a humanitarian crisis, playing a critical role in the survival of families and communities and supporting communities rebuild after crises. Empowering women as change agents and leaders in humanitarian action is therefore essential for taking the new “Agenda for Humanity” from theory to reality.
A year on, are commitments taken at the Humanitarian Summit enough to empower women and girls as leaders in humanitarian action? Should the humanitarian system ensure direct funding to women-led organisations to support their emergency preparedness and response activities? What steps are needed to eradicate gender-based violence in crisis situations?
“Women and the New Humanitarian Agenda“- A Friends of Europe policy insight Event on Wednesday, 8 March 2017, from 09.00 to 10.30 in Brussels. Speakers include, Monique Pariat, European Commission Director General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), Oula Ramadan, Syrian human rights activist and Executive Director of the Badael Foundation, and Yumiko Tanaka, Senior Adviser for Gender and Development at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Also have a look at the latest Programme and updated list of Speakers.
Registrations are open until Friday, 3 March.