Paying tribute and strengthening the role of #WomenHumanitarians on World Humanitarian Day
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Nations Unies. Commission Economique pour l'Afrique;
Nations Unies. Commission Economique pour l'Afrique;
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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. The day is commemorated each year on 19 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. This year’s focus salutes the efforts of women humanitarian workers across the world who rally to people in need and are often the first to respond and the last to leave. Since August 2003, more than 4,500 aid workers of all genders have been killed, injured, detained, assaulted or kidnapped while carrying out their work. That averages out to five attacks per week. Moreover, women humanitarians are at particularly high risk of robbery, sexual assault and other violence.
Citation“Nations Unies. Commission Economique pour l'Afrique; Nations Unies. Commission Economique pour l'Afrique (2019). Paying tribute and strengthening the role of #WomenHumanitarians on World Humanitarian Day. Addis Ababa. © UN. ECA. https://hdl.handle.net/10855/45228”
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