New evidence to improve humanitarian policies and programs to better meet the needs of young people, women and marginalized populations
Experts share new studies and documented best practices at global conference
Vancouver, Canada, 5 June 2019 – To help power progress, organizations at all levels have stepped up to document solutions and develop guidance for improving the health and rights of girls and women in humanitarian emergencies.
Today at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, Bill Chambers, Save the Children Canada, shared findings from Save the Children Canada’s forthcoming report underscoring an alarming absence of systematic disaggregation of data in public reports – making it nearly impossible to quantify the impact of modern-day conflict on girls specifically.
Alongside the new report, Hauwa, Winner, 2018 Too Young to Wed: Girls’ Champion Award, shared her personal experience testifying before US Congress and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as a Boko Haram survivor.
Additionally, Diana Abou Abbas, Executive Director, Marsa Sexual Health Center, Lebanon, shared new research utilizing data from Marsa’s provision of SRH services to inform the need and demand for these services in Lebanon, including LGBTQIA+, refugees and persons with disabilities.
Laurie Adams, CEO, Women for Women International, discussed the organization’s new evaluation results on efforts to prevent violence against girls and women in Afghanistan, and how these lessons can help fill the research gap on GBV in emergencies.
“At the international level, organizations have developed new evidence to support gender-sensitive humanitarian programming and fill the research gap on the needs of girls and women in these contexts,” said Marcy Hersh, Senior Manager, Humanitarian Advocacy, Women Deliver. “At the same time, many local and national first responders – including women-focused CSOs in crisis settings – play a leading role in supporting girls and women in emergencies, and are documenting their lessons learned.”
About Women Deliver: Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Our advocacy drives investment – political and financial – in the lives of girls and women worldwide. We harness evidence and unite diverse voices to spark commitment to gender equality. And we get results. Anchored in sexual and reproductive health, we advocate for the rights of girls and women across every aspect of their lives. We know that investing in girls and women will deliver progress for all. And every three years, we galvanize momentum at the global Women Deliver Conference – our signature event. It’s a bold and diverse gathering, a fueling station of ideas, and generator of action, convening thousands of decision-makers from civil society, governments, the private sector, and international agencies alongside advocates, activists, and journalists to identify solutions and drive change for girls and women.