UN Pays Tribute, Strengthens Role Of Women Humanitarians
The work of women humanitarians makes a "huge difference" to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day
NEW YORK, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 19th Aug, 2019) The work of women humanitarians makes a "huge difference" to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day.
Marking the official day’s tenth anniversary on Monday, the UN is honouring the contribution of tens of thousands of women humanitarian aid workers who provide life-saving support to vulnerable people caught up in crises in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
The day is commemorated each year on 19th August, the date back in 2003 when the UN headquarters in Baghdad was targeted by a large terrorist truck bomb, killing 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq.
These unsung heroes have long been working in their own communities in some of the most difficult terrains – from the war-wounded in Afghanistan, to the food insecure in the Sahel, to those who have lost their homes and livelihoods in places such as Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
"Their presence makes aid operations more effective by increasing their reach," said the UN chief.
"It also improves the humanitarian response to gender-based violence, which increases during emergencies."
Across the globe, 250,000 aid workers are women – a figure that amounts to more than 40 per cent of the humanitarian workforce. But aid work is becoming increasingly dangerous.
As part of this year’s WHD commemorations, the UN and partners are launching the #WomenHumanitarians global campaign to pay special tribute to and raise support for the work women do to save lives and alleviate human suffering. The campaign tells the stories of 24 women over 24 hours, to show the range and diversity of their roles in humanitarian action.
Today, and for the rest of this month, Guterres invites everyone to share through their online and social media platforms their own "powerful stories" of humanitarian aid workers to "reaffirm our common commitment to strengthening the role of women in humanitarian operations."