World Humanitarian Day 2019
World Humanitarian Day is celebrated every year on August 19 to recognize the work of humanitarian aid workers and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty. The day also aims to increase public awareness about humanitarian activities and the importance of international cooperation.
Our work in over 30 countries around the world would not be possible without the efforts of our global community of workers, volunteers, and humanitarian partners who work everyday under difficult conditions to help the people affected by disasters and conflicts.
In 2008, the General Assembly of the UN established World Humanitarian Day and it was first observed on August 19, 2009. Since then it has become a day to commemorate the lives and work of people who put themselves in danger to provide essential humanitarian aid in fragile situations around the world.
#WomenHumanitarians: Celebrating the contributions of women
Being a humanitarian is not only difficult work; it is also dangerous. In recent years, aid workers have increasingly become targets of violent attacks. According to the 2019 Aid Worker Security Report, 2018 saw 131 aid workers killed in 226 separate attacks, with 144 wounded and 130 kidnapped. Women humanitarians face higher risks when it comes to sexual violence.
For this year’s World Humanitarian Day, Malteser International is honoring the many women humanitarians at the forefront of our humanitarian action, helping vulnerable people survive crisis, recover from disasters, and build back stronger than before.
These women are an important part of our staff. Their unparalleled uniqueness and meaningful efforts undeniably result in a more effective and efficient response in emergencies. They talked to us about their experiences as women in humanitarian work, their contribution to make the world a better place and what it means to be a humanitarian worker for them.