08 March 2017 - 08:30 - 10:30
Monique Pariat, Oula Ramadan, Daniel Seymour, Marcell Shehwaro, Yumiko Tanaka, Annemieke Tsike-Sossah

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.

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This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of crucial development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank to contribute to the global and European conversation on development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.

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The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank.


Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa is expanding, reflecting the increasing global importance of emerging economies. We track these developments through our Asia Programme and Europe-China Forum, and through our work looking at the EU vision and strategy towards China, India, Japan and ASEAN, and its role in the Asia-Europe Meeting.

08.30 – 09.00

Welcome coffee and registration of participants

09.00 – 10.30

Policy Insight “Women and the new humanitarian agenda”

  • 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?

End of debate

Monique Pariat
European Commission Director General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
Monique Pariat is the Director General in charge of overseeing the EU’s coordinated response and assistance to people affected by humanitarian crises and disasters both within the EU and elsewhere in the world. Pariat has worked for the European Commission since 1987, where she served as Deputy Director-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, Director for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea in DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Director for General Affairs in DG Justice, Freedom and Security.
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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Clotilde Sipp, Programme Manager
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