WHY NOW?

More people today have been forced to flee their homes than ever before in recorded history, and girls and women are profoundly impacted. But while global rhetoric and tools for gender-sensitive humanitarian action exist, the situation on the ground shows that there is still much to be done.

WHAT NOW? WE CAN’T AND WON’T SIT ON THE SIDELINES

Women Deliver is proud to bolster its humanitarian advocacy work to secure gender equality and SRHR as a global priority – never an afterthought – in every crisis, everywhere. With generous support from the Government of Canada, our new humanitarian advocacy efforts will contribute what we already do well – convening, communicating, advocating, and partnerships-building – to the growing movement behind gender-sensitive humanitarian action. Here’s how we’re investing internally to be a smarter and more effective advocate for girls and women in emergencies:

A SKILLED HUMANITARIAN TEAM

EXPERT ADVISORS TO STEER AND GUIDE US

NEW PARTNERSHIPS TO BUILD THE MOMENTUM

ENGAGING WOMEN IN HUMANITARIAN DECISION-MAKING

When women-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) can influence humanitarian decision-making, resulting policies and programs better meet the needs of girls and women in emergencies and beyond. Using our award-winning Young Leaders Program as a model, we will help strengthen and elevate the voices of women-focused CSOs in emergency contexts, providing the training and opportunities they need to reach global platforms and shape conversations that affect their lives.

Our work to support women-focused civil society organizations in humanitarian settings will kick off later this year. Watch this space for updates!

INSPIRING GENDER-SENSITIVE HUMANITARIAN ACTION

We will use our voice and our power as a leading gender equality advocate to fuel real and unapologetic action for girls and women who have been forcibly displaced. Whether behind-the-scenes in private meetings or front and center at the world’s most influential forums, we’ll join long-time advocates in pushing for policies, programs, and investments that can advance women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, including their SRHR, in humanitarian settings.

“The state of today’s emergencies requires all of us to be more steadfast and unapologetic in our push for better programs, policies, and investments for girls and women in humanitarian settings. That’s why Women Deliver is investing considerably in the knowledge, capacity, and human resources we need, to be smarter and more effective advocates for girls and women in these volatile environments.”

Katja Iversen

President/CEO of Women Deliver

“Transformative change and bold action is required to support girls and women, in the hardest of times and in the worst of places, so they can drive peace and prosperity. I applaud Women Deliver’s bold evolution and welcome them as a strong new ally in our work to ensure that every woman and every child survives and thrives everywhere.”

HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

"During my missions abroad, I always take the time to sit down with women that have fled violence and persecution. We met with women and girls that have experienced unspeakable acts as a result of sexual and gender-based violence. I know that our partnership with Women Deliver will help to give a voice to all of those women and girls that are too often forgotten."

Marie-Claude Bibeau

Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

OUR HUMANITARIAN ADVOCACY IN ACTION

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