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13.08.2019 | Blog

Helpers in greatest need

Every year, the World Humanitarian Day on 19 August draws attention to the life-threatening work of many helpers in disaster and crisis areas around the world. In 2019, the focus will be on women. We asked Welthungerhilfe colleagues what drives them personally.

Jessica Kühnle mit einer Kollegin in einem informellen Camp für geflüchtete Jesiden
Jessica Kühnle with a colleague visiting an informal camp for refugees from Syria and Iraq on the border to Syria. Every single resident of the camp relies on humanitarian aid. © Welthungerhilfe
Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to those who risk their lives in humanitarian aid. In 2019, the focus will be on the work of women in crises around the world.

Women experts in crisis and disaster areas

Women make up a large number of people who risk their own lives to save others. They are on site as managers and experts when, for example, needs have to be identified and relief supplies have to be organised and distributed. In addition, female humanitarian aid workers are often the first point of contact for women and girls in disasters and crisis areas, for example on health issues. We asked Welthungerhilfe colleagues on a global scale what drives them:

Global Commitment

Women are crucial in the fight against hunger

World Humanitarian Day also draws attention to the people affected by crises in the world. Here, too, women play a decisive role. The promotion of women in developing countries with the aim of equal opportunities and gender equality is crucial in the fight against hunger and poverty. Women helpers in humanitarian aid and development aid are committed to this worldwide.

Our call for the World Day of Humanitarian Aid 2019

Both heads of state and government and non-state actors must ensure that women in humanitarian service – and all humanitarian workers – are afforded protection under international law.

Last Update 14.08.2019

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