In Focus: World Humanitarian Day 2019

An unprecedented number of people are living through humanitarian crises today. Armed conflict, natural disaster, disease and violent persecution have forced more than 70 million people from their homes.

While women and girls are often severely impacted by crises, they are also leaders in recovery and resilience. This year, World Humanitarian Day (19 August) is honouring the women humanitarian workers who work on the front lines in their communities to help people in need.

There are more than half a million humanitarian workers on the front lines of war and disaster around the world, about 40 per cent of them are women, many of whom work in some of the most dangerous corners of the globe. Women are often the first to respond in crises, and the last to leave. And their efforts play a key role in the survival and resilience of families and communities.

On World Humanitarian Day, share the stories of amazing women who scale impossible challenges every day in humanitarian settings, striving for a safer and better future for all.

A woman humanitarian aid worker in Cameroon. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
A woman humanitarian aid worker in Cameroon. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown



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Every disaster affects women. Every response must include women.

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