Women and the new humanitarian agenda

The 2016 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.

  • What is the role of women in humanitarian crises, and why should humanitarian assistance adopt a gender-based approach?
  • 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?
  • How can we increase access to quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare and reduce maternal mortality in humanitarian settings?
  • What steps are needed to eradicate gender-based violence in crisis situations?


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08.30 – 09.00 Welcome coffee and registration of participants
09.00 – 10.30 Policy Insight “Women and the new humanitarian agenda”
10.30 End of Debate


  • 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

  • Daniel Seymour

    Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Director of Programmes at UN Women

  • Marcell Shehwaro

    Executive Manager of Kesh Malek and an activist and blogger from Aleppo

  • Yumiko Tanaka

    Senior Adviser for Gender and Development at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

  • Annemieke Tsike-Sossah

    Head of Humanitarian Portfolio at the IKEA Foundation


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