UN office urges respect for female humanitarian workers

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August 16th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Ahead of World Humanitarian Day (WHD) marked on 19 August, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) calls for respect and honor for female humanitarian workers in South Sudan who have endangered their lives to serve their communities and the country at large.

In the context of South Sudan, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs said  that, “there are just over 40 national women’s-led organizations, out of 214 national NGOs”it said.

The UN Office says these women-led organizations are at the forefront of humanitarian operations across the country, providing humanitarian assistance to affected populations in all sectors.

“They are active in every aspect of humanitarian response, from the delivery of emergency supplies to providing assistance for gender based violence; and across every sector, from food and shelter to educational support,” said OCHA.

The statement further said that female humanitarian staffs face a number of challenges and gender-related issues in carrying out their work in the country.

“In South Sudan, women humanitarians face a variety of obstacles in doing their work because of their gender, from risks to their personal safety, to sexism, discrimination and sexual harassment,” the UN office said.

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) expected to be commemorated on 19 August, is an event celebrated worldwide on an annual basis, it’s an important day marked in honor of humanitarian workers who have been killed or attacked in the course of their work

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